Preparing for transition: Your next career pathway

Choosing your next career move can seem like a daunting task, but really it is the first exciting step to your next chapter! There are a lot of things to consider, but it is important to start with knowing yourself, and then knowing your options and learning about each one.

WithYouWithMe wants to take some of the pain away from transition and help you through your journey.

Self Testing

Start by looking at you, learn about your self and identify your skills. What are your personal strengths and weaknesses? What values are important to you? What style of the working and learning environment are you looking for? What sort of activities and subjects do you find interesting?

You can find a large amount of aptitude and personality tests readily available online. The WithYouWithMe testing suite has four tests that you can do which will help you learn more about yourself. These tests include a behaviour assessment, a critical thinking aptitude test, a culture fit assessment looking at personality traits, and a learning styles assessment. Each of these tests individually will give you valuable information which will help you learn more about yourself.  Together the tests allow us to suggest your suitable career pathways. Testing is important to help select a pathway that matches who you are, your motivation, workplace cultural fit and longevity of career. It is critical that you feel excited, happy and satisfied with your employment. We spend one-third of our time at work, so you want to pick an industry and workplace that is right for you. Take the time to learn about your self, and the career pathways you are suited to.

Know your options

Once you understand yourself and what you are suitable for, you need to know your options and learn about each one. There is a lot of information available about labour market data and future trends, and you can do your own research. WithYouWithMe has done extensive research when planning career pathways to support and training options to provide.

In today’s rapidly shifting global job market, industries are continually being redefined, resized and reshaped.  Sourcing and understanding the latest labour market is essential to career planning. Almost two-thirds of employment growth is projected to be in four sectors: health care and social assistance; construction; education and training; and professional, scientific and technical services. WithYouWithMe recently released an education report that lists the high growth jobs over the next five years: civil engineering, ICT management, graphics and web designers, early childhood teachers, registered nurses, software engineers, management and organisation analysts, environmental scientists, physiotherapists, database administrators, system administrators, and ICT security specialists.

Automation is on the rise and will replace a large percent of the workforce. The reality is some jobs will no longer exist, new jobs will be created and most jobs will undergo some form of change. The skills we need for work are changing. But, you can plan for these changes.

Learning for the future

Achieving a university degree no longer automatically means you will get immediate and meaningful employment. The youth unemployment rate for graduates is increasing at a greater rate than for those without a tertiary qualification. The good news is you do not need a four-year degree to start a new career. Short courses can give you the skills you need to enter the workforce with industry required skills.   

WithYouWithMe has short, completely online, and accredited courses in cybersecurity and robotics process automation (RPA). We are about to release our new System Administrator course and Data Analytics course! WithYouWithMe has designed short-online courses that match the future labour market trends, so you can learn skills that will be required not just now, but also in the future. These courses will prepare you to enter the workforce in your new chosen career.

WithYouWithMe is here to help you through your career transition and find your next career. Do the self-assessments, research career pathways, and look at the training options.

If you see or hear about a career pathway you do not know much about, research it! It may be the perfect job for you, you just did not know it was an option. The WithYouWithMe Pathfinder team is always available to discuss your test results and career pathway options with you. If you would like more information about our current Cyber or RPA courses, or soon to be released System Admin and Data Analytics course let me know and we’ll give you a call!

Rebekah Nugent

Rebekah Nugent

Team Leader- Pathfinders

Rebekah is our Pathfinders Team Leader, an Army veteran and music lover. In her free time, you can find her planning her next trip overseas and helping others in their transition to civilian life.

Preparing for transition: Be the fearless learner and own it!

Overcoming Transition

I have previously discussed that the first step to transition starts with you and your mindset; the attitudes, self-perceptions, and beliefs you hold about yourself. You need to challenge the thoughts that tell you “I can’t do that, I don’t know how”. This fixed mindset doesn’t allow you to achieve anything new. You require a growth mindset, where you know that you can grow and develop, which is key for every transition. A growth mindset requires an embrace of challenges, mistakes, self-reflection, learning, and ownership. My previous short articles discussed how you can adopt a growth mindset by embracing change as a challenge and not a threat, reflecting on previous successes & mistakes, self-reflection, and mentorship. Today I will conclude my growth mindset discussion with two important aspects of growth: learning and ownership!

 

Learning

Most if not all military members will tell you that physical training is important. If you want to achieve a new PB on your run, push-ups, or whatever you are working towards you expect to work towards it. The brain is like a muscle that needs to be worked out, just like the body. You wouldn’t expect to do 100 pushups without any training, so you shouldn’t expect to develop a new skill or new knowledge without any learning. Don’t be scared of learning a new skill, remember to view it as a challenge, not a threat, and be fierce!

Transition and growth involves learning and developing new skills, however, this will not be the same for every person. You can make learning a bit easier for yourself if you are able to identify the best ways you learn. Learning styles relate to the different approaches people can learn, for example, you may learn more effectively using your hands rather than through reading. I personally learn through an intrapersonal, or solitary style, which means I like to concentrate and focus my thoughts independently. If I was learning in a group classroom environment I know that I learn by at the end of today writing and reading over notes at the end of the day.

Once you understand what your learning style you can adjust your training to make it more effective, and get better at what you are studying. You may need to form a group with people to vocalise your ideas or download all the text in advance to read. If you have gone through the WithYouWithMe veteran portal recently you might have already conducted the learning styles questionnaire. Make sure you read your learning style results and think about how you can apply that information to help your transition. Learning a new skill or undertaking training does not have to be intimating, it’s an exciting challenge, that you can prepare for to increase successful completion.

 

Ownership

Once you have changed to a growth mindset and are excited about the challenges and development to come with your transition, it is up to you to own it. You can and should discuss your transition plans with friends and family, and use transition services like WYWM, but at the end of the day, this is your transition. Take ownership over your attitude, your learning, your transition. You are the only one who can think for you with your mind, so be accountable and own it. If you believe you can learn and grow, then you feel responsible for making those positive changes happen. You need to make the plan and achieve the goals. You need to change your own mindset, get excited, learn from previous mistakes, identify your strengths and weakness, and learn that new skill. WYWM will provide that support, and if you have any questions about your testing, career matches, or WYWM training, please get in touch, but remember, this is your transition. Own it. Be fierce.

Rebekah Nugent

Rebekah Nugent

Team Leader- Pathfinders

Rebekah is our Pathfinders Team Leader, an Army veteran and music lover. In her free time, you can find her planning her next trip overseas and helping others in their transition to civilian life.

Preparing for transition: Identify your potential!

Overcoming Transition

During my last article, I discussed some on my lessons learned about military transition and the requirement for a growth mindset, believing that I could grow and develop by embracing challenges and previous mistakes and success. Today I’m going to continue to share my experiences with developing a growth mindset by identifying your potential!

Don’t limit your next role to what you do now – get out of that fixed mindset and grow! To help you adopt a growth mindset, spend some time to identify your values, likes, and potential. When I was choosing what path to start following for my post Army career I used a variety of methods to identify my next step, including self-reflection, mentorship, and testing.

Self Reflection & Mentorship

I sat down and asked myself what do I like to do, and what do I want to do. I’ve always valued supporting and helping others, and had a strong interest in workplace performance and organisational effectiveness. I knew from my own reflections and previous performance appraisals that my strengths included interpersonal communication, organisation skills, and conscientiousness. I now had some personal information, but was a bit lost on what to do next and how to use this information, so I reached out to a trusted member in my chain of command, my OPSO at the time, Luke. We discussed my strengths, likes, and goals, and he suggested Business and Human Resources. I started researching what HR was – a lot more than the team who fire and hire. I realised HR covered exactly what I wanted to do – improve organisation effectiveness through the most valuable asset of an organisation, the people, the human resources. I had some direction now, but still wasn’t sure how to take the first step. I caught up with a former Sergeant who had recently transitioned to civvie street and he highly recommended WithYouWithMe. At the time I had never heard of WYWM, but if Dan spoke highly of them I knew they were worth a look. The advice from Luke and Dan has proved invaluable, and all I had to do was ask. There were many other people who helped me transition from the Military, and there will be many other people who continue to help me professional develop. I will never stop asking people for help and advice.

Testing

As suggested by Dan I created a WYWM account and completed the psychometric & aptitude testing. Three of my matched pathways where Human Resources, Learning & Development, and Business Analyst!  My testing had results that did not surprise me, such as high verbal reasoning ability, introversion, conscientiousness and agreeableness. I also discovered I am very outcome driven and have strengths in analytical & critical thinking and logical reasoning, which has got me thinking about where my career can next develop.

There are a large number of psychometric tests available, and if you have gone through the WYWM Portal you would have already done quite a few. Make sure you look at the results in your profile as these provide great insight into workplace factors such as stressors, motivators, communication, and team dynamics. These results provide you with information that you can use to find your next career; it does not matter if you are not currently in that industry, it’s about your potential to grow and develop into that career path and complete any training required. We know that people can succeed in new roles by developing their potential through learning, effort, and persistence.

If you see or hear about a new career pathway don’t view it as something you can’t achieve, think about how you can! Reach out to people who have already transitioned, who are in that career pathway. Read articles and watch videos about that industry, where it is now and where it is heading. Once you have identified a pathway or two you may realise you require some additional training – do not let this stop you! I’ll be following up this article next week by looking at learning, and owning the journey! If you’re stuck at the moment on what your next career step is I challenge you to think about your potential. Spend some time reflecting, ask somebody for advice, investigate your psychometric test results – it’s never too early to start your next chapter.

Rebekah Nugent

Rebekah Nugent

Team Leader- Pathfinders

Rebekah is our Pathfinders Team Leader, an Army veteran and music lover. In her free time, you can find her planning her next trip overseas and helping others in their transition to civilian life.

US CYBERCOMMAND’S TOP CYBER OPERATOR AND FORMER DIRECTOR DIA, LTGEN VINCENT STEWART, JOINS WITHYOUWITHME TEAM

Days after his official retirement from the Marine Corps, Lieutenant General (Ret) Vincent Stewart (Vince) turns his attention to solving the problem of cybersecurity and Veteran Unemployment.

Lieutenant General (Ret) Vincent Stewart has officially joined WithYouWithMe as a Principal for Cyber Security. After 38 years of honorable service to his nation and the United States Marine Corps, Vince established his own company, Stewart Global Solutions LLC in order to continue his final mission with the DoD and the cybersecurity challenges that face the United States.

Prior to his final duty station as Deputy Commander United States Cyber Command, Vince served his nation as the 20th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). These distinguished positions were awarded to Vince following his exemplary years of service rising from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant to the highest levels of the US Military and Intelligence Community.

Vince’s respect amongst his peers was evident at his official retirement ceremony at the historic Marine Barracks at 8th and I in Washington DC on Friday, April 5th, with the attendance of many high-ranking officials from across the intelligence and security community, both current and former, from all around the world.

Although no longer in uniform, Vince remains committed to the national security of his nation as he pursues mission success in the cybersecurity field. Joining forces with WithYouWithMe, a cybersecurity labor development company, Vince is working to help fill the massive cyber labor shortages across the United States Government and commercial sector. Cybersecurity as a profession has matured in the last five years and it’s greatest challenge is building the workforce to protect commercial and government networks.

Working with WithYouWithMe, Vince believes the answer lies with the veteran community. Having led America’s premier cyber organization, Vince believes strongly that veterans are not only perfectly conditioned to be exceptional cyber professionals, and are already trained in most of the skills needed to be successful in the cyber field. WithYouWithMe has a unique capability through a cyber aptitude assessment and training tool to provide a scalable, technical skill training bridge program to get veterans job ready.

WithYouWithMe is exceptionally proud to now count Vince as one of the team. His formidable experience, insights and skills will prove a critical contribution to our mission to solve veteran underemployment.

The start of this powerful partnership will be showcased this coming Friday the 12th, at WithYouWithMe’s inaugural Veteran Career Expo in Washington DC. Vince will be speaking alongside industry leaders in cybersecurity on the value veterans bring to the cyber field and how we can train them at scale to fill the national commercial and government cyber skills shortages.

Spots are still available if you register here: https://withyouwithme.com/wywm-national-career-expo-washington-dc/

After retirement from elite sport, we give athletes a helping hand managing their career transition

“When I grew up with football, that wasn’t even discussed. You were a football player, there was no pathway, there was no talk to you about having an education.” – Ante Covic

Link to original article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-13/athletes-given-helping-hand-managing-the-game-of-life/9865456?section=sport

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