Close to 65% of active-duty veterans leave their first civilian job within 24 months because they weren't a good fit for the organization. Mission Next Consulting helps transitioning service members succeed in the civilian workforce by preparing them with the tools and mindset necessary for their next phase in life. Plus, we help civilian organizations prepare their culture and recruitment strategy to enable them to maximize the leadership skills and values that a veteran brings to the workforce.
The consultants at Mission Next dedicate their time and talent to helping:
Dr. John Wojcik has 32 years of military service and retired at the rank of Colonel. His service includes service as a reservist with the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Michigan National Guard. After the September 11th attacks, he left private practice and went on active duty with the Michigan Army National Guard. He served as Judge Advocate and general counsel on active duty for 20 years. In addition to Dr. Wojcik's deployment to Afghanistan, he also served in Liberia and Latvia, where he worked alongside international stakeholders to help the Department of Defense meet its national security objectives. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency.
Dr. Wojcik was instrumental in forming the Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court in East Lansing, Michigan and served as Board Chair for both the State of Michigan Retirement Board and Military Law Section for the State Bar of Michigan. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Thomas M. Cooley Law School since 2004. Dr. Wojcik received his BS from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, JD from Thomas Cooley Law School, and Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College. He earned his Doctor of Business Administration degree from Baker College where, after 18 months of research, he defended his dissertation on the hurdles that service members face when they transition from active duty to their first civilian job.
Kimberlie England is using her 20+ years of Human Capital consulting experience to drive strategic change initiatives within varying industries, cultures, and structures – as well as working with individuals who want to achieve their personal visions. She specializes in leadership coaching, strategic planning, and communication. Her mindful approach to individual and organizational change leads to sustainability. She has successfully led clients into new leadership roles and supported organizations through culture transformations, mergers and acquisitions, and new HR strategies.
Kimberlie received her Executive Coaching certificate from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and holds her Board Certified Coach (BCC) certification. She also holds multiple HR certifications including her Professional in Human Resources (PHR), SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS). She received her MBA from the University of Findlay and her BBA from the University of Toledo.
Kimberlie also volunteered extensively in her community, including serving for over 10 years as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee for the Board of Directors of The Ability Center of Greater Toledo. She was instrumental in merging the Assistance Dogs of America into a program of The Ability Center. She is currently a member of the Naval Academy Garden Club and the Naval Academy Spouse's Club in Annapolis, MD.
Adjusting to the change from military life to the civilian workplace can be extremely stressful for the service member and his or her family. While the book and workshops are designed to help veterans transition to the civilian workplace, it is not a replacement for professional support. Transitioning service members – or their family members – may have trouble coping. In these cases, it may be helpful to speak to a therapist to become better able to adjust to the incontrollable aspects of the transition.
The Department of Defense does an amazing job in making it easy to connect veterans with mental health professionals. A call to Military One Source will allow service members to talk to a real person whose job it is to connect individuals and families with mental health assistance. The number for Military OneSource is 800-342-9647.
I was excited to participate in the research that led to the Mission Next book because it reminded me how this needed to be a priority for our organization.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Community healthcare organization
I learned that you can't walk around with your rank in your back pocket, so I had to quickly adapt in the new civilian environment. Any preparation work you can do before you make the transition is worth your time.
Retired U.S. Army officer
University veterans’ liaison
From the very beginning, I spent time working on my interpersonal communication skills. I de-militarized my speech and stopped using all the jargon. Since then, I’ve helped many veterans make that transition...
Retired U.S. Army officer
Human Resources Director, manufacturing company
I got an early copy of the Mission Next book to preview. I wish I would’ve had the book prior to my transition because I had to figure out so many of the points from the book on my own.
Former U.S. Navy officer
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