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Basic Training for Your Job Hunt – SCI Veteran Shares
Career transition is scary, confusing, and brings up a lot of questions. Questions like “what are my options?” “what am I good at?” and “how can I apply my skills now to my next job?” Richard Abrams knows about transition. He recently joined Southern Careers Institute as our Executive Director of Military Operations. Prior to that, he served in the Army for 25 years and has worked with employers to help fill their staffing needs. He regularly holds career development workshops and career coaching for those that are looking for their next great gig.
Post-Military and Post-Millennials are A Lot Alike Those that are leaving the military to pursue careers as civilians are a lot like recent graduates. They have developed a certain number of skills, gotten comfortable, and now it is time to step into a completely different environment. One big difference in joining the military versus joining the workforce is basic training. No matter if you enlist in the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, or Coast Guard, you’ll be going through 7-12 weeks of daily drills that are mentally and physically challenging. Following basic training, military men and women are now cemented with a toughness and discipline that make those in the armed forces their own ‘breed.’ Few understand, but many can appreciate what this means–especially those that are hiring.
“Early to the interview? That’s what I like to see.”
3 Soldier Skills that Pay the Bills So what are the traits one acquires in the military that make you a valuable member of a team?
Being Mission-Driven According to our expert Richard, military personnel are instilled with a drive that comes from a pride for their country and their respective organizations they represent. No one understands a ‘code of conduct’ better than someone that has served for the armed forces.
Punctuality “‘On time’ is late,” says Richard, “and five minutes early is on time.” There is a repercussion if privates are late for drills and duties, instills them with impeccable timing. You will rarely see a veteran anything but early when arriving for a job interview.
Dedication Would you ever halfway assemble a firearm? Neither would a soldier. Their mental discipline dictates that they fully commit to projects and ensure the job gets done. Their motivation comes in large part to their loyalty to their ‘company,’ or military unit, and the last thing they would want is to let them, or their professional colleagues down.Hiring Richard to give counsel to our veterans was one way we wanted to help those in transition understand their options. So what are yours? Don’t wait to reach out.
"Just finished school for welding. Had the best experience with Southern Careers Institute, and had a lot of fun with my buddies. Already working at SpaceX. SCI is the place to be guys! Don't wait any longer, sign up!”
Enrique H. Welding
"I recently achieved my dream of becoming a CDL driver, passing my CDL exams at our local DMV in Edinburg. Mr. Gonzalez was such a great instructor, even though it was raining I passed with flying colors!”
Juan L. Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator
“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”
Denise S. Medical Assistant
“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”
“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”
Annette D. Business Accounting
“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”
Bonnie M Medical Assistant
“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”
Sidney B Medical Assistant
“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”
“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”
“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”
* Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indictive of the possible job outcomes for future and current students. SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI.