Transitioning from military to a civilian life can be one of the most frustrating and difficult task many veterans face. Female military veterans “are increasingly battling homelessness and unemployment.” The fact is female military veterans are now twice as likely to become homeless than women who never served in the military.
Many factors that are attribute to female veterans from finding civilian jobs. Lack of certifications/degrees and difficulties of skills translating to civilian jobs are some of the issues facing transitioning veterans. Skills learned in the military are not understood in civilians employers. The civilian sector sometimes does not understand the role of women in the military. Many female veterans have difficulty getting across their military role when interviewing for a civilian job. One of the biggest struggle is how is an employer going to believe I can do a job when all I have is the military on my resume.
Another struggle is the Veterans Affairs system is not designed with women in mind. Researchers believe that the Veterans system does not adequately meet in the needs in the areas of health care, child care and psychological needs.
Some key points to help you with your transition that can help are:
Find a mentor. A mentor can help the stress of transitioning from the military into civilian life. Reach out to someone who successfully transition and ask if the are willing to be your mentor.
Search for veteran friendly companies. Many companies offer internal coaches that will assist veterans in their transition.
Attend career fairs just for military veterans. Career fairs are always being held and you will be pleasantly surprise how many fairs are being held in your area.
Join a veteran organization that can open network opportunities. Organizations like Team RWB make the transition easier by engaging veterans in different activities and the networking opportunities are endless.
While it can seem frustrating, creating a plan and obtaining help from those around you can make the transition much easier. With veterans helping other veterans, we can make a difference.
Join us Thursday, November 5th at our Veteran’s Day Makeover Reveal from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Carousel Wing at Garden State Plaza. YWCA Bergen County, along with co-hosts Team Red, White and Blue Northern NJ and Westfield Garden State Plaza, will be providing seven servicewomen an opportunity for a day of hair, makeup and fashion styling services free of charge. The reveal is free and open to the public! For more information, click here or contact Samantha at 201-345-1895.