After four years at a service academy and a year as an Army officer, Brian knew what it was like to “adapt and overcome.” But then life threw him a huge curveball: a career-ending training injury that thrust him into the civilian job market at the height of the recession.
“Like many other twenty somethings,” Brian says, “I was forced to move back in with my parents while attempting to come up with a plan for my future.” (In these economic climes, 40-60% of twenty somethings move back home at some point, or plan to!)
Within a year, he crossed the country to begin a PhD program in History, with the intention to become a university professor… only to discover that it wasn’t the career path he wanted to pursue either. Brian realized what many JMOs need to consider when they leave the military: your transition is the ultimate opportunity to reinvent your personal brand.
“Consider this an advantage,” Brian advises, “In the future, your personal brand will be defined by your education and career experience… Each future decision will affect your brand, so consider each option carefully with an eye to your long-term objectives.”
For Brian, that meant focusing on what he truly loved: technology.
“I focused on my career contemplation until I developed a laser-like focus on the objective of becoming a ‘techie’ and subject matter expert in a large firm with a technology focus, based out of a major city.”
Does a goal get any more defined than that? Armed with his objective, Brian left the PhD program within a year, landing a job with one of the world’s largest publicly traded technology companies. It’s obvious that he loves his job, and has found something many JMOs actively seek in their transition: career fulfillment. He’s now a standout at his firm, one of the top-performing technical experts in his age group.