If it’s time for you to get out of the Marine Corps, it’s time to think about your next step. If you want a civilian job that’s similar to your current Marine Occupational Specialty (MOS), consider jobs in the private sector that are similar. Invest the time exploring the results of your MOS search using MyNextMove for Veterans to learn about the kinds of civilian jobs there are related.

Some transitioning Marines don’t want a civilian position similar to their MOS, but aren’t sure of what they want to do. Marines are urged to complete an Interest Assessment, such as the O*Net Interest Profiler or CareerScope. Once you identify a desired end state, create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to help guide your choices while you are in the Marine Corps.

If you’ve got a clear vision of what you want to do after the Marine Corps, take advantage of it. Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) has many services and professional staff available to help.

Visit Marine Corps COOL to find apprenticeships, certifications, and licenses. You may also be able to work toward an apprenticeship through USMAP or an internship through SkillBridge.

Consider going back to school. Talk to a Voluntary Education staff member to discuss your higher education options, including Tuition Assistance. If you are an excellent student and wish to pursue your first four-year degree full-time after the Marine Corps,  the Leadership Scholar Program might be right for you.   

For more information about developing your post-separation career goals, contact your installation’s Transition Readiness staff and ask the Marine For Life Network on LinkedIn.