It literally is never too early to start preparing for your life in the civilian world.
Start building a game plan of what, when, where, why and how of getting out of the military and successfully into the civilian side of the house.
Start networking today. Build your connections to potential sources of employment. Seriously, stop what you are doing right now and create a LinkedIn profile and connect with your coworkers and classmates now. It takes all of 15 minutes to do.
Listen and ask those who have gone before you. If they are like me they will be MORE than happy to share their experience of leaving the Military with you. There is a huge exhilaration of cutting the “military umbilical cord” and setting out on your own. You can literally feel the huge weight of stress lift from your shoulders.
Build Plan A, then plan B, C, D and so forth. You should have at least 2-3 backup plans before you take the leap. Would you jump out of an airplane with just your main chute and no reserve?
These plans should be your goals of what you want to do/become when you leave the miltary. Second, your backup plan if your first plan is not accessible. And your plan if your backup plan is not an option. Basically, the idea is not to give up if your first plan is not successful. Remember to keep moving forward until your reach your primary goal.
Keep an open eye and ear on the next opportunity. Seredipity will come when least expected. Luck is preparation meeting opportunity. Don’t slack off and never give up. If you need a shot of confidence and boost in motivation, please, for the love of God, send me an email and I will do what I can to pick you back up. firstname.lastname@example.org.
With that said, I just heard in the news today that Veteran unemployment has been at all time low recently, which is fantastic news! Let’s keep the trend going and reduce that number to zero!