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Military Transition to Civilian for Women Veterans

Transitioning from military service into a civilian career can present unique challenges, especially for women veterans. We connected with Bobbi Young of Inspired Growth Portal to talk about making the move to civilian life. 


Video Transcript:

Andrew: Hi, I'm Andrew with Military Hire, and this month, we are highlighting women veterans. We recently sat down with Bobbi Young, who currently works with the DoD, and is also the web guru at Vets 2 Industry. On top of that, she also has an entrepreneurial endeavor to help fellow veterans bring their businesses' websites to life with an organization called Inspired Growth Portal. So, Bobbi, who are you and what do you do?

Bobbi: My name is Bobbi Young, and I am currently a programmer with the U.S. Government, and I'm also CEO of Inspired Growth Portal, where I help veteran entrepreneurs with building their businesses online.

Andrew: How did your experience in the military influence your skill sets in your career?

Bobbi: So in the military, my skill sets was signal analysis and radar analysis. I had to look at a bunch of numbers, I had to make an assessment and I had to either submit it to somebody else for review or I had to present it in front of individuals, as a group or one-on-one. One of my other skill sets in the military was I was an instructor. I taught Self Aid Buddy Care, which was a ton of fun, and also helpful for other folks. And lastly, I was an NCO (non-commissioned officer), and I would be NCOIC (Non-commissioned Officer in Charge) of my ops floor, so I would be in charge of about 17 people for their day-to-day activities.

Now, all of those skills, I felt were very helpful when it came to me getting out of the military and to my current careers as of right now. So while I'm not doing signal analysis and I'm not working with radars anymore, instead, I'm still working with data, I'm still working with building information and ensuring that it is understandable by the people that I am presenting it to, and people who are going to be using the products that I'm building.

It's also extremely helpful with my side job, Inspired Growth Portal, because as an instructor, I have to make sure that the people who I'm teaching understand what I'm saying, so while yes, I am building them a website and I'm building them a platform to sell their business online, I'm also teaching them at the end, on how to run it themselves, so that way they are not dependent on somebody else to do those little changes.

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Links:
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Military Hire and Operation: Job Ready Veterans Form Alliance to Help Military Families in Transition

Military Hire and Operation: Job Ready Veterans announce a partnership of their organizations in an effort to connect veterans and their families to support veteran transition to civilian life.  

Operation: Job Ready Veterans Logo

As part of this agreement, Military Hire will provide awareness to promote the mission and message of Operation: Job Ready Veterans while connecting its customers to Military Hire job placement services, which has recently been expanded to include veterans’ direct family members.  In turn, Operation: Job Ready Veterans will provide counseling services to veterans and their families.

“Operation: Job Ready Vets’ mission is to bridge life’s transitional gaps for veterans, service members, and military families through sustainable programs and job readiness resources - positively impacting one person, one business, and one community at a time,” said Lindsey Banter,  Director of Planning & Development, Operation: Job Ready Veterans.  “We are here to support veterans and their family members with the challenges they face in transitioning from military to civilian life.”

“The alliance with Operation: Job Ready Veterans addresses major focus areas of Military Hire - family transition services and job placement,” said Military Hire COO Robert Riegle.  “As a veteran organization, we appreciate the focus Operation: Job Ready Veterans has on the family of veterans.  As Military Hire opens its job placement services of immediate family members through our site, we now have a partner who is there to support that transition with their expert services.”

Operation: Job Ready Veterans, a 501(3)c organization founded in 2007 and headquartered in Indianapolis, offers transition training titled Veterans Employment Transition Seminar (VETS) Transitioning.  Understanding the difficulty of transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce, the VETS course includes complete skills inventories, career interest and work values assessments, resume services, supportive services, networking strategies, as well as interview preparation and rehearsal sessions. Upon successful completion of the seminar, graduates and alumni have access to one-on-one and group career coaching, introductions to appropriate employment opportunities, and follow-on customized job placement services.  Once employed, VETS graduates receive additional retention services to ensure continued success for both the employer and the veteran.

Operation: Job Ready Veterans also provides employment transition assistance and customized job placement services to clients.  As a part of the alliance, these services will be made to veterans using Military Hire, allowing them to achieve their employment and career goals.  Services include pre-employment training and placement coaching, transition plan development, interview preparation and coaching, social media utilization, partnership with recruiters, networking and strategies for successful on-boarding.

Military Hire is a veteran job and services organization which has the primary goal of assisting veteran transitions from military to civilian life through job placement and awareness of other services available.  Military Hire has over 600,000 veteran members and over 25,000 companies which it serves in this initiative.

Links:
Visit Operation: Job Ready Veterans
Military Veteran, Spouse, or Family Member? Sign Up at Military Hire


Support for Women Veterans and Military Transitions: The MSI Network

Military transition for women veterans can be a challenging time. As you leave the military and enter into civilian life, you are presented with significant changes, unfamiliar situations, and so many decisions—it can be overwhelming. Lack of childcare options, financial instability, and not having a strong community and support network can add to the stresses faced by women veterans as they navigate civilian life and try to find their 'new normal' after military service.

Military Sisterhood Initiative from Challenge America on Vimeo.


Especially now, being able to connect with other women that can speak into your life and understand what you are going through is important.

The Military Sisterhood Initiative is a great place to get started. MSI is designed by and for military women. If you've worn the uniform, you are part of this tribe.

Developed and managed by Challenge America, a national veteran 501(c)3 nonprofit, MSI is a safe place to connect, to share your stories, to be encouraged, and to encourage others.

By joining MSI (membership is free), women can:

  • Create a profile and connect with other military sisters near them or across the country to build one-on-one relationships.
  • Ask for help when they need it and offer support when their sisters are in need.
  • Engage in discussions and activities around different monthly topics and weekly challenges.
  • Post and find events, resources, and stories relevant to women Veteran growth and empowerment.

Women Veterans and female active duty service members can join thousands of their Sisters on MSI by visiting www.militarysisterhoodinitiative.org and clicking "Request to Join".