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.
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.
Marine for Life (M4L) Network not only helps you find jobs, it can help you secure a job offer that’s the perfect fit for you. See Christian’s story on how the M4L Network helped him choose between two job offers.
Getting a job is hard, and securing the job of your dreams is sometimes even harder. This was the case for National Guard Staff Sergeant (SSG) David Verdoorn before contacting the Marine for Life Network.
Networking is a vital part of finding new employment opportunities as a transitioning Marine or spouse.Our tips will help you put your best foot forward at your next networking event.