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A career dedicated to the military is one deeply embedded with training, organization and purpose. However, when the time presents itself, a post-military life can be intimidating. We can begin to doubt ourselves both personally and professionally. It’s important to take a step back and assess where you are and want to be so you can make the most of your life post-separation.

Here are some of our favorite ways to find your purpose after transitioning out of the military.

Find Your Focus
Finding one’s focus in post-military life should be an exciting opportunity that inspires you to refresh your goals. In order to find your focus and passion, we recommend asking big questions first. This will help you identify your passion and where your true interests lie. Some things to ask yourself include:

  • What are the most important things to you? Is it your family? Financial security?
  • How would you like to spend your time? Giving back to your community or volunteering? Or pursuing a new career?
  • What excites you most about living life as a civilian? Access to education? Achieving a regular schedule with other civilians?

Once you determine the answers to these questions, you’ll achieve a clearer focus regarding your goals. This, in turn, will help motivate you to achieve success, no matter what path you choose.

Investigate Opportunities
Once you find your focus, it’s imperative to investigate how you can best achieve your post-separation goals. This process can include contacting fellow service-members, reaching out to a mentor for guidance, attending a seminar, participating in an internship or apprenticeship, or asking to shadow a professional in your field of interest. It may also include travel to a new location or seeking new employment opportunities. Whatever your path, do not be afraid to seek advice or help–you never know what new opportunity could present itself by just asking a simple question. Above all else, this process will ensure that you’re always taking the right steps to achieve the goals you set for yourself.

Evaluate and Pursue
The information you have gathered on your way to finding your purpose is powerful, necessary and important. You have the ability to take charge and make positive changes in your life. There is no wrong answer or question. If you truly want to find your purpose after transitioning out of the military, you have to practice patience. Simply take the time to evaluate the information and resources you have collected. Eventually, you will be right on track to discovering and pursuing purpose.

Finding your post-military purpose is vital to your success as a civilian. If you need help finding or achieving your true life’s purpose after separating from the military, let us know. We have specially designed programs to help you, free of charge. Plus, we offer mentorships and guidance on VA benefits to make sure you have the tools and resources you need to go after your goals.

Visit www.savivets.org/veteran to learn more and get free resources to aid in your transition today!