Helping Service Members Take Control of the Transition

The services of Mission Next are the culmination of a lifetime's worth of work in helping veterans and advocating for them in the court system, the legislature, and even with the Secretary of Defense's office. Transitioning from the military into the civilian workforce can be separated into three phases.

Rediscovering your core values

The book and workshop are designed to guide transitioning service members through the process of creating a personal vision for the next phase. There is no "easy button" for Phase 1 and each participant needs to be ready to put in the work of reflecting, completing exercises, and sharing the discoveries.

Translating military experience

Research shows that there is a disconnect between how service members describe their military experience and the skills civilian employers are looking for (even though there could be a close match in those two areas). Studies also show that once veterans land their first civilian job, they struggle in being able to communicate with their managers and co-workers. The book and workshop will help transitioning service members learn how to speak the language – the civilian language – to increase the chances of securing one's dream job and keeping it.

Understanding civilian work culture

Organizational culture refers to the beliefs and behaviors that determine how an organization's employees and management interact. By understanding culture, transitioning service members can leverage their military capital (that is, skills, education, training, and experiences that you gained while serving in the military). No veteran gets to walk around with their rank in their back pocket in the civilian world, so it's important to ensure that military capital is valued by managers and co-workers.

Mission Next book cover

The Book

The Mission Next consultants spent two years intensely researching why military veterans leave their first jobs which led to the book being developed to help transitioning service members during each phase. It's a resource that covers every aspect of the transition from the military to the civilian workforce. The book provides checklists and tips to make the journey easier. It also uses plain English to explain complicated concepts, such as civilian pay and benefits, so service members can make informed decisions about their civilian employment options. More information about the book can be found under the THE BOOK.

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Every year, around 200,000 service members leave active duty and return to life as civilians, a process known as military to civilian transition. Some service members smoothly transition with limited support, while others do not. The federal government runs approximately 85 different programs to help veterans transition. Yet, the Governmental Accountability Office found that most of those programs had only limited success.

Mission Next Consulting offers a variety of workshops designed to help transitioning service members swiftly succeed in the civilian workforce by providing them with the right tools and mindset necessary for their next phase in life.

Transition workshops for military families

Some of the Mission Next workshop options include:

Workshop Title Objectives Average Length

Mission Next: The Complete Guide to Transitioning to the Civilian Workforce

Guide participants through creating a personal vision for civilian life

Help develop skills to translate military experience into the civilian workforce

Expand the ability to operate in the civilian workforce environment

4 Hours

Rediscovering Your Ideal Self

Guide participants through creating a personal vision for civilian life

90 minutes

Understanding the Military to Civilian Transition

Highlights the challenges that need to be considered for the transition to the civilian workforce (Can be done as part of a larger presentation or as a key note speaker/lunch presentation)

1 Hour

We also develop custom workshops that are designed to meet specific objectives for transitioning veterans. For example, we can focus a session on helping transitioning service members develop resumes that are designed to synch with the new artificial intelligence used to screen applications for civilian organizations. Simply complete the form on the CONTACT US page to start a dialogue with the Mission Next consultants about your specific needs.

Organizational Consulting

Hiring former service members can help an organization gain high-performing employees who enter the organization with both skills and leadership training. It can also create enormous goodwill from customers and boost the public image of an organization as they hire more veterans. Mission Next consultants are committed to helping civilian organizations attract and retain talented veterans.

organizational consulting for service members

Our organization consulting services include:

  • Recruitment strategy development. To attract highly-qualified veterans for your organization's open positions, we can create a formal recruitment strategy. The plan will include specific activities that your organization can complete to ensure you are attracting and securing the skills and values that veterans bring.
  • Cultural assessment. While many organizations promote a military-friendly culture, there are few that truly understand if their environment aligns with the core values of former service members. Some organizations can't even identify who in their organizations have current or former military service. The Mission Next consultants can help evaluate your organizational culture and provide recommendations for creating the right environment where veterans can excel.
  • Establishing and maintaining a Veterans Affinity Group. Veterans affinity groups build strong bonds and connect veterans to their new organization. If your organization has struggled to start a veterans affinity group, we can support the effort by creating a charter, developing a plan to recruit members, identifying and training group leaders, and creating programming for formal activities.
  • Educational sessions. Some organizations need support in communicating with top leaders about the value of veterans, or to educate the broader workforce on issues that face former service members. The consultants at Mission Next offer presentation sessions and workshops to create a foundation for a culture where veterans are understood and valued.

We also develop custom solutions that can be designed to meet your needs in hiring more veterans. For example, we can develop new recruitment communications that are specifically designed to align with your organizational mission and objectives. Simply complete the form on this CONTACT US page to start a dialogue with the Mission Next consultants about your specific needs.

Professional Coaching

Professional coaching helps individuals align their behaviors with their personal aspirations, life philosophy, and motives. The coaching process is designed to provide transitioning service members with individualized attention so they can swiftly succeed in the civilian workforce. It focuses on directing veterans in the mindset necessary for their next phase in life. It requires commitment and the timeline is based on the level of support for the change. All coaching sessions are confidential.

The Mission Next coaching model is based on Intentional Change Theory as researched by the faculty at Case Western Reserve University.

Professional coaching for military members

Each participant is led through six different phases of the process:

  • Gather Background. It's important that the coach and the participant establish trust during this first step. We even ask that the participant review and acknowledge the roles and responsibilities during the process.
  • Explore Ideal Self. Articulating our passions, identifying our dreams, and finding a noble purpose in life creates the motivation for sustained change. Participants will pursue all these ideas through a series of exercises and questionnaires.
  • Discover Real Self. Using a 360 assessment tool, participants will understand how they view themselves and how others see them.
  • Develop Learning Goals. Using the strengths identified in previous phases, we will create learning goals that define the steps necessary to support a successful transition.
  • Experiment with New Behaviors. Taking time to assess progress will be important on the coaching journey. If a participant gets stuck in old patterns, we can examine those behaviors and take steps for calibration and correction.
  • Create a Plan for Sustainability. To ensure the journey continues after the coaching relationship, the participant will be guided through ways to create resonant relationships.

Each professional coaching experience is different based on the individual situation of the transitioning service member. If you want to learn more about professional coaching, simply complete the form on this CONTACT US page to start a dialogue with the Mission Next coaches about your specific needs.

While coaching is designed to help you in the transition to the civilian workplace, it is not a replacement for professional mental health support. If you start having trouble coping with this transition, you (or your family member) may find it helpful to speak to a therapist in order to become better able to adjust to the things they cannot control. The Department of Defense offers services to connect veterans with mental health professionals. Simply call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647.

What Our Clients Say

  • 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
    Financial advisor

Joining the service is easy.
Leaving is a whole lot harder.

If you want to contact us with questions, or to discuss our services, we'll be happy to engage in a dialogue about how we can help you or your organization.

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