While some veterans have a tough time transitioning skills they learned in the military to the private workforce, because of the government agency's increasing technological sophistication, many are finding that they are well qualified for jobs in the IT sector.
In addition, even vets that aren't as savvy in this area as they like find that the type of learning they practiced in the army can be beneficial. As such, many are able to obtain higher education or an applicable certification in their chosen field.
For example, Chris Norton, an army major and current senior strategist at AT&T, told Computer World that since veterans are given short periods of time to master technology in the army, they are often able to work under pressure and with little supervision. He also cited their adaptability to changing conditions as another asset that suits the workplace.
"The military is arguably one of the most high-tech organizations in the world," Mike Brown, senior director of talent acquisition at Siemens, told Computer World. "If you're working on a ship or a plane or tank, you've got responsibility for large, complex, extremely expensive equipment run by highly sophisticated IT platforms and software."
As part of a challenge to the private sector – and to prepare returning military personnel for civilian life – President Barack Obama has challenged employers to hire 100,000 veterans in the next two years. As a result of this initiative, veterans who pursue additional training may be able to confidently apply for top-notch positions in their field when they return.
To boost and refine their skills before attempting certification, former military personnel may want to enroll in online or in-person classes that help prepare them for Cisco certification, CompTIA training or other computer certifications.