The military transition, though difficult in a number of ways for each person, proves to be an obstacle for service members shifting from one phase of their life to another.

Eric Ryan, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, is the Sr. Director of Military Operations at the University of Phoenix – here he manages all functions of the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, including engagement, outreach, operations, training, amongst other things for military-affiliated students and staff.

He joins the Security Clearance Careers Podcast to highlight some recent studies they have conducted.

ClearanceJobs is all about surveys, every year we conduct the Security Clearance Compensation Survey to produce our yearly report, including geolocated compensation white papers for different regions. We also produce the Cleared Recruiting Survey since hiring in this industry is so niche, and an FSO survey to help out security folks.

The Military to Civilian Transition: Career Optimism Outlooks

The University of Phoenix 2023 Military Transition Survey explored perceptions toward transitioning from military to civilian workforce and acquired skills, barriers and resources, and the role of continued education. University of Phoenix activated this survey as part of a larger initiative with the nonprofit Give an Hour and other organizations.

The coalition also created a Veteran Workplace Toolkit  for employers in hopes of creating safe employment opportunities that are inclusive of populations that have served. The toolkit offers a transformative roadmap for organizations looking to improve their culture and support veterans as a core Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) group within their workforce.

The 2023 Career Optimism Index® found that despite the challenges of the past year, 80% of Americans remain hopeful about the future of their careers. However, their hope is grounded in their own sense of personal efficacy, not in their current employers. This has led to a “free agent” labor market where the workforce is willing to pursue alternative job opportunities unless employers invest in foundational career support over transactional perks. What could this mean for recruiting and retention for employers intending to hire veterans? Adapting to the current market realities is critical.


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