My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Secrets to a Successful Military Transition.”
This week is a special one. With Veterans Day this past Tuesday, it has been important to honor our military personnel. In addition to thanking them for their service, former military members face an issue many people overlook: underemployment.
Underemployment is defined by Merriam-Webster as “having less than full-time, regular, or adequate employment.” This can happen when someone is only working part time, but desires to work full time. It can also happen when an employee is overqualified for their position.
When separating from the military, servicemen and servicewomen are offered transition assistance. Unfortunately, this is often just not enough. Once in the civilian world, they often find themselves lost with where to turn.
In fact, rather than feeling the private sector opening up for them, they often feel it closing down. On more than one occasion, a veteran has told me they felt they were not selected for a job due to their military career. It seems that many employers have misconceptions about what sorts of jobs military members held, or what emotional issues they may or may not have after service.
To learn what you can do to make your military transition a successful one, read my entire Memphis Daily News column here.