Making the JMO Transition Decision

Most Junior Military Officers spend a significant amount of time contemplating their decision to make a JMO transition and have many questions. The following steps can help guide you. However, the best way to gain valuable insight into your future possibilities is by scheduling a FREE Personal Marketability Assessment with a Cameron-Brooks Recruiter.

A career transition from the military to business should be a proactive change versus reactive. We encourage JMOs to ask themselves, “Am I leaving the military, or am I pursuing a career in business?” If your answer is “leaving,” you’re being reactive, but if you are “pursuing,” you’re being proactive. Proactive motivation leads to reaching your career goals. Reactive motivation leads to poor decisions. Common reactive motivations include pursuing a transition only for money, specific location or wanting to try something new. Keep in mind you will spend 75% of your waking hours at work, so it’s important to make the change for the right reasons.

One of the best ways to see if you are a fit for Corporate America is to immerse yourself in it—pick up a book. Read the business section of the newspaper, FORTUNE Magazine and business books like Good to Great by Jim Collins, a top selling business book for almost a decade now, and PCS to Corporate America: From Military Tactics to Corporate Interviewing Strategy, Fourth Edition, geared to the military officer considering a transition and written by Cameron-Brooks Founder Roger Cameron along with Cameron-Brooks CEO/President Chuck Alvarez and Senior VP/Partner Joel Junker.

Before you make your military transition decision, you will want to know if you are marketable, and find out about the jobs and career fields for which you could qualify and the compensation range you could expect.

Talk with a Cameron-Brooks Team Member or sign up here for a FREE Personal Marketability Assessment that will answer your most top of mind questions regarding a military transition, location selection, what jobs you could qualify for and salary ranges.

Examples include taking finance and accounting courses, improving your information technology skills, starting a professional reading program and learning and applying business concepts such as Lean and Six Sigma.

Use our experience guiding hundreds of JMOs in their transitions to help you decide on the best time to make the transition based on your unique situation. Our FREE Personal Marketability Assessment is a great way to answer all of your timing-related questions.

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