- Be Focused & Have a Plan: You need to be focused on what you want to do after the military and how to achieve those goals. What do you want to do professionally? Where do you want to live? Make sure you have your transition plan in place, including your education.
It’s just like going outside the wire – you need to have everything planned and double-checked before you get out into the civilian world. This may be the most important thing on this list.
- Stay Motivated: It’s easy to allow yourself to feel down about leaving the military, even to the point of experiencing anxiety. If the military is all you’ve ever known, then it’s going to be a tough transition – but you can do it. Learn from the past, stay in the present, and stay focused on the future. This is the mindset that will keep you motivated.
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Today, we are indeed all linked to each other by the Internet; we are using smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. The Internet and digital data sharing, is not designed to be secure but to be open and accessible. Accessibility however, comes with threats, risk to data, risk to infrastructure security, and risk to system’s controls. The phrase cyber threat has become our reality.
By sea, 90% of the goods transported around the planet are by oil tankers and container vessels that travel our oceans (Wagstaff, 2014). The ships’ crews get smaller and ships get larger as we focus technology on automation, remote monitoring, and navigational systems, these can be cyber attacked. Researchers from the University of Texas verified that it was possible to change a ship's direction by simulating a GPS signal to target a ship’s onboard navigation system (Schmidt, 2015). Somali pirates are surfing the Internet for information that can help them with targeting vulnerable and valuable ships (Cyber; Information Security; Crime; Maritime, 2016). Pirates have the ability to access databases, which gives them access to a ship’s blueprints. Once they have the blueprints, they know where the ship is headed and what cargo is on board. (Klöcker, 2016).
Considering entering the disaster management or homeland security field, but not sure of how to go about it?
The first step is to review the job requirements, required experience, and degree requirements for a disaster manager position. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for disaster managers is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024. Current median salary is close to $65,000 with bachelor’s degree being the entry-level degree. Of note to those retired military or those anticipating retirement, military experience is a desirable background for some employers.
While the Flint water crisis can trace its origins back to April 2014, it has only become front page news in the past few months. This public health crisis was set in motion when the city of Flint, MI changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River.
This decision to make the switch, made by an emergency city manager appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, resulted in 6,000 to 12,000 children drinking water with a high level of lead, which will cost the city of Flint an estimated $100 million to resolve, according to WNEM. The highly polluted water from the Flint River caused lead from aging pipes to leak into the city’s water supply, and concerns were first raised by citizens in January 2015.
Dr. Frank Gomez, professor in the College of Health and Human Services, is one of Trident’s foremost experts in public health. He has a great deal of experience in this field, which includes serving as a lecturer and professor in health sciences and environmental health dating back to the ‘70s, serving on the State of California’s Environment Health Specialist Registration Committee, and professional studies and papers covering research areas like noise pollution, environmental health, wastewater, and air quality, among others.
Cover letters are the best way to introduce yourself to a potential employer. For most job openings they are a necessity – and a great way to get the hiring manager to review your resume.
An effective cover letter will not just sell your skills and qualifications, but will also sell you as a person – avoid regurgitating your resume! You will want to use language that paints a vivid picture about who you are and how you will add value to the hiring organization. By talking about how you can contribute through the use of concrete examples, you’ll be able to put yourself in the best position to be noticed.
The “perfect” cover letter should contain four main paragraphs:
The transition out of the military does not end when a veteran gets his or her first corporate job. Transitioning is a process of getting acclimated to this new culture, building one’s professional network, and learning what it takes to succeed. While the process is rewarding, it does come with its own set of frustrations.
What military skills will help you the most after you transition? Here’s some advice from Trident’s Outreach & Partnerships team:
Director, Strategic University Alliances
Veteran, United States Army
“My military experience helped me to become motivated, goal-oriented, and disciplined, all which has been invaluable in my professional life.”
For many transitioning veterans, job interviews are unlike anything they’ve ever experienced in the past.Corporate job interviews are most often behavioral based, with the interviewer identifying job-related experiences, knowledge, skills, and abilities that the company deems necessary for a particular position.
For example, if the job description states that the position requires a team player with excellent customer services skills and the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, expect that questions relating to those skills will be asked in the interview.
An example of this type of question is, “Describe a professional experience where you were able to solve a communication crisis with a co-worker while maintaining team harmony.”
Last week we discussed cyberattacks and the impact they had on a hospital in Los Angeles. This type of attack, known as a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), can have severe ramifications from the perspective of homeland security. There are numerous state and non-state actors who have the potential to hurt the United States through a cyberattack.
According to literature prepared by Dr. Rudolph Bustos, who is the Faculty Lead for Trident’s Bachelor and Master of Science in Homeland Security programs, as well as faculty member Dr. Robb Pilkington, cyber attacks (terrorism) “are the disruptive use of information technology by terrorist groups to further their ideological or political agenda and/or hackers for financial gains. This takes the form of attacks on networks, computer systems, and telecommunication infrastructures.”
Last month a hospital in Los Angeles was the victim of a serious attack. Rather than the type of attack that most people would expect, the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center lost access to its email and electronic health records for more than a week due to a cyberattack.
This is a serious crime that occurs often – a hospital in Philadelphia saw a similar attack recently, as well as small police departments in Massachusetts, Tennessee, and New Hampshire. According to the Los Angeles Times, at least 158 medical providers, insurers, and hospitals have reported being hacked since 2010.
The launch of the Trident Learning Community (TLC) in 2014 was a huge step forward for Trident and the overall student experience! The TLC provided a student portal as an entry point for the Trident classroom. It dramatically streamlined how our students accessed their information and received university services.
A component of the TLC, the My TLC Classroom was launched in a phased manner at the same time. This provided a dynamic learning management system capable of handling synchronous and asynchronous communication for thousands of students simultaneously.
Last month saw an introduction of even more improvements to the MyTLC Classroom experience!