25 Feb Getting Ready to Get Out: First Steps
The Beginning of Your Transition
If you are thinking about transitioning to a civilian job or are already working on it, there are a lot of things that you need to take care of, to ensure that your transition in the civilian life is fruitful. It can get very confusing and difficult for a lot of servicemembers. Thus, to help you out, there are many trained professionals as well as many other resources that can ensure that your transition is smooth. With so many things to do, where should you begin your transition process? If the beginning is well-planned, the entire process of transition can be smooth and successful.
Step One- The first thing that you need to do is book an appointment with the staff of the Transition Department. Their job is to assist you with all the information that you might need for transition. It’s a completely free service, and thus, we recommend you to take complete advantage of this service.
Yes, you’ll have a lot of things to do and a large number of questions that you need answers to, but in the end, it’s you and your family that needs to take the decision. Many times a counselor might suggest you something that might not be suitable for you and your family, in such a scenario, let the counselor know why it might not work for you, and ask them to suggest something else.
It is always better to start working on your transition as early as possible as there are a lot of things that you need to understand and do, to ensure that you do not end up taking a wrong decision. Start working on it at least 12 to 24 months before the retirement. The more the time you have, the better you’ll be able to understand everything, and will be better able to make decisions about you and your family.
If it is your future that you are worried about, this is the perfect time to get assistance on it. Professional counseling and guidance are available for you at the Transition Assistance Department, along with various other workshops, resources to gather information, publications, and government programs. Understand what will help you better and take full advantage of it. If you have a query which the counselor at the Transition Assistance is unable to answer, you will then be referred to an expert who excels in handling the type of query that you have.
The counselor will provide you a checklist to get the things started. It consists everything that you will need with regards to the benefits, services, and counseling that will aid in creating a customized Transition Plan for you. This plan will be based on your needs and is sure to work much better than any normal plan.