What It’s Like for Veterans Entering into Civilian Careers?A difficult aspect of transitioning to civilian life is the feeling of being alone. These feelings are often exacerbated due to uncertainties with career changes. Veterans often mention the job search process can be profoundly lonely, and success or failure is primarily the result of individual focus, effort and lucki. Transitioning veterans must go through the often-difficult self-examination process to understand how the skills and experience they’ve gained in the military translate to marketable ones for civilian employers. Notwithstanding the success of the various transition assistance programs, many veterans enter the civilian workforce with apprehension regarding what the next phase in their lives will look like; if they’re transitioning prior to retirement, then they have questions regarding where that next paycheck will come from, etc.
Many veterans will find they perform jobs in the military that are very similar to ones in the civilian sector, while others will see a need to gain new skills that are more marketable to civilian employers. Undertaking this skills survey is key to understanding the value they offer to civilian employers. One area in particular demand is cybersecurity.
Veterans Are the Perfect Warriors for CybersecurityThere is a fierce battle for cybersecurity being waged daily in the cyber domain, and transitioning veterans are the perfect warriors. When I was on active duty, we referred to critical capabilities that were in low supply but high demand as being Low Density/High Demand (LD/HD). This allowed us to place particular emphasis on developing and sustaining these critical capabilities for our warfighters. Today, certified cybersecurity practitioners are our nation’s LD/HD capability. There is a need to increase our focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and certifications that focus on cybersecurity and secure system engineering in order to meet the high demand for these skills.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has codified its cybersecurity certification requirements in DoD Directive 8140, which provides guidance and procedures for the training, certification and management of the DoD workforce conducting information assurance functions. Many transitioning veterans are in career fields requiring attainment of these industry-recognized cybersecurity certifications; however, others need to gain these certifications in order to be more marketable to civilian employers.
Engility’s Cyber Warrior ScholarshipEngility’s Cyber Warrior Scholarship is our way to demonstrate our commitment and support to our veterans and to further STEM education in the nation. We’ve partnered with International Information System Security Certification Consortium or (ISC)2, a non-profit organization that specializes in information security education and certifications, to offer scholarships to honorable discharged veterans of the U.S. military. The scholarships cover the cost of training, material and testing for a cybersecurity certification chosen by the recipient. Our veterans are not alone in the transition to civilian life. Engility is dedicated to making lives better, safer and more secure, and our veteran Cyber Warriors™ are key to our success.
i Military.com retrieved on 19 Oct 17 from http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/lies-they-tell-transitioning-veterans-helping-fellow-veterans.html
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