Transitioning Military: Ethically Engaged


Transitioning Military: Ethically Engaged

Asked about the transition from military to the world of government contracting, some of Engility’s talented veterans weighed in on their experiences. Boasting an employee base that is more than one quarter veterans, we know about attracting, retaining, and celebrating our men and women in uniform. We love giving them a channel to share their voice and some great insights for transitioning military. Following is an installment from our PWW Team in Annapolis Junction, Maryland.

Bottom Line, Up-Front (BLUF)

There are so many options in the civilian world… where to go, who to work for, even what benefits to seek. Take advantage of others who have gone before you to narrow the choices. Also, take advantage of the insight and industry knowledge of your recruiter on how best to achieve your desired role.

What’s Different About the Contracting World? Options!!!

For years, everything was fairly standard issue. You go where you're told, do what you have to, and take what the military gives you. I knew that the civilian world was considerably different, but the first time I had to sit down and decide on a benefits package, I was a little taken aback because there were so many options to choose from.

In regards to the mission, I find that I'm able to focus more attention on the mission without the responsibilities of being a military leader, or the constant distractions of military duties (endless training requirements, planning meetings, paperwork, etc.), which has really allowed for my talents to shine.

How to Narrow the Field? Ethics

I wanted a company that shared my values and actually lived them. I had been researching companies for a few months via glassdoor.com and a few other sites, but when my former Sailor told me that working for Engility made her think of me, I decided to take a look.

What I Wish I’d Known: Treat Job Searches as a PCS

Treat your move into civilian life as a permanent change of station (PCS)… that’s the military term for an official relocation… and your recruiters are the detailers. I wish I had listened to the good advice of my recruiter at the beginning of my transition, it could have saved me headache, heartache, and money. In short, take advantage of the good resources and good advice available to you.

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Serving Out of Uniform

I think that being assigned to an office that affords me an opportunity to mentor junior military analysts is really important to me, because I cannot only guide them through their professional growth, but also I can help them through their transition if they decide to separate as well. Working with the recruiting staff and briefing at Transition Assistance Program events has been a great experience for me. Also, being part of Engility’s employee resource group Engility Veterans (EVETS) has been awesome. We're just getting geared up, but I see a lot of potential in the Maryland team, and I think we're going to do great things to support the veteran community.

Want to work with Mike and other veterans at Engility? Check out our job openings and veterans page.

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Posted by Mike Saunders

I am a Navy Retiree with 21 years of service in intelligence, operations, strategic planning, and recruiting. As an Engility employee for almost two years working on the PWW Program, I have taken a keen interest in the EVETS employee resource group and have used my spare time and close connections within the military community to continue mentoring military members at all stages of their careers.