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nwin
Feb 25, 2002

make's u think

Is this the best thread for members retiring and looking at careers to transition to? Iím coming up on year 18 and really need to start solidifying my plans.

Edit: gently caress it, :justpost:

99% sure Iíll retire at 20 because Iíll be tour complete. Thereís a small chance I stay in for a follow on tour at the same base and make O-5 because itíd be a great resume builder but Iím open.

Most applicable background to the civilian world: Iím largely a finance officer and was an accountant before I enlisted. Iíve got an MBA and a Masters in Finance. Iíve managed and executed $250M annually for about three years for my payback tour. That led me to my current tour where I teach accounting at a service academy. Itís fine and I was going to apply for the permanent commissioned teaching staff, but academia is loving insane (at least here) and my department is not the healthiest to work in. Busiest job Iíve ever had when it has no right to be.

Hereís what I think I want/need:

1) stay in the area (Connecticut)
2) have some option of remote work
3) salary of $90k to be inline with where Iím currently at when you take my pension into account.
4) work life balance: Iíve got a 2 and 5 year old.

I say all of that because hereís what options I know exist:

1) get my CPA while Iím in. Do something with it on the outside.
2) get my CFP. Do something with it.
3) teach.
4) some GS jobs.

With a CPA, I donít want to do taxes because my work life would go to poo poo. Plus they donít get paid a ton.

Iím looking into the CFP because Iíve always been interested in investments and helping people out. I donít want a Ďsales jobí though so Iíve gotta make sure it wouldnít be in line with that.

With teaching, Iím limited because I donít have a PhD nor do Iím plan on getting one. I could likely get hired back into my department as a civilian for one year increments making a decent sum ($90k probably) with almost none of the bullshit I deal with currently since Iíd be a civilian and not active duty. Teaching is fine and can be rewarding, but it doesnít allow for remote work much. The place is work small spastic so itís entirely possible I could get hired for two years in a row and then they say they donít need me anymore.

GS jobsÖeh I couldÖI mean the navy sub base is right down the road too but I kinda want to see what life is like after the military.

When I tell people I have an MBA and MSF they immediately tell me I have nothing to worry about, but Iím also not some 28 year old kid ready to hit the streets and put in a poo poo ton of hours. So Iím trying to figure out whatís out there and where I could excel. Iím just not sure where to turn yet (recruiters or headhunters maybe? Thereís gotta be some military component that would help out with this).

nwin fucked around with this message at 01:45 on Oct 12, 2023

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nwin
Feb 25, 2002

make's u think

Hekk posted:

Sure

What do you do now? What do you want to do? Do you have a degree that will support your shift into a post mil career? Do you have geographic preferences? Are you looking to cut ties with the MIC entirely? Or maybe youíd prefer to use your mil background to slide into something adjacent that pays well?

Hah yeah I decided to edit my post right after that.

I think my biggest unknown is ďwhat do you want to doĒ. I know what I want my job to allow me to do (work life balance, chance of remote) but I donít know specifically what opportunities abound.

nwin
Feb 25, 2002

make's u think

life is killing me posted:

About to change majors because I dropped calculus I and realized it was hella hard for a 39 year-old father of two who works part time in addition to 12 CH of college to pass. I was in STEM but now looking at business.

Where do I go first to change majors? Do I request it at the school first and then tell the VA? I thought Iíd be able to go right in there and hit a drop down menu and say Iím changing my major, but I guess I was wrong since thereís a form. It was easy to change my school iirc, but now the form is even needed for that.

My advisor is also a STEM professor, so Iím not even sure who to email to get designated as pre-business.

I mean, if you email your advisor they should be able to supply the necessary forms and meetings (if required) to change your major.

nwin
Feb 25, 2002

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Hekk posted:

Yeah 100% use the Disabled American Veterans or other VSO to help you with your claim. Theyíve got people who do this all the time and are way more familiar with the process than you will ever be. There is no reason not to get help. It costs you nothing.

So I just had my TAPs class (2 years left until 20!)and they mentioned the same thing.

In the process I stumbled across the Reddit subforum for veteran benefits and thereís a bunch of people saying they did it all themselves and without any help.

Seems like itís destined for failure to not use a VSO.

nwin
Feb 25, 2002

make's u think

SlurredSpeech609 posted:

I was a flight line mechanic and my tinnitus claim was diagnosed but denied as non service related. Any suggestions how to file an appeal without loving it up?



I donít have anything to offer except questions.

Did you get a physical completed prior to separation and is that when you mentioned tinnitus? Or had you gone to an ear doctor before separation and gotten it diagnosed?

Iíve had tinnitus for a while (blame it on a list of service related reasons), and I finally got it diagnosed at year 18, prior to going through the medical board for my retirement physical. Hoping thatís enough.

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