Julia Caban, Manager of Internal Communications & Employee Engagement
When Julia transitioned out of the military, she had no idea what she wanted to do and ended up in a job that was not compatible with the life she wanted, so she took action to find truly meaningful work.
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Julia had loved her time in the military, but that chapter had come to a close and she needed to figure out what her next career would be. One thing she loved about the military was the structure, so when she transitioned out, the lack of structure left her feeling lost.
On top of that, when she began looking for jobs in the corporate world, she struggled to relate her military experience with the job postings. She also found herself considering jobs well below her military pay, because she believed the ongoing myth that transitioning service members have to take a massive pay cut.
In this episode, you’ll hear how Julia learned to recognize and appreciate the scope of knowledge, skills, and abilities she acquired in the military and learned how to translate them into the corporate world. This breakthrough gave her the confidence to go after roles she really wanted, feel qualified in interviews, and ask for the pay she truly deserved.
What you’ll learn
- How to find confidence in your career after transitioning out of the military
- The importance of thinking in terms of an ideal life instead of just an ideal career
- How to translate job descriptions in a new industry to help you realize if you’re a good fit or not
My favorite part of the career change boot camp was actually having some of those conversations and getting feedback and positive feedback about strengths. And to me that was key, because in that moment, I realized that my network not only is a great for finding the next role, it also is helpful to… they help you remind you who you are and who you will be in your next role, even if the current circumstances are not ideal.
I see much better now how my five Clifton strengths tied together and the ones that I had felt were really not that much of a big deal, I can see better how they are innovative to me as a person and to my strengths and where they come from. And that was a kind of a new thing. What I love is new situations and learning, and I actually actively look for opportunities to push myself out of my comfort zone. So, and if I look back at past roles, I would tend to have to go back to go to the land and to run a major program that had been failing. And I didn't know a lot of the nitty gritty, the detail of all the different projects, but I had the organizational skills, I wanted to learn about the different projects. I wasn't fazed by the fact that I didn't know any of that detail. So I had the challenge of learning and the environment initially and also the challenge of language as I learn to. And that satisfied my learning.
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