Editor’s note: The following article was contributed by Mark Connor and Tim Green of the U.S. Department of Labor. The content may be edited for clarity, style and length. Find more information at https://blog.dol.gov/.
Transitioning out of the military can leave you with a lot of unanswered questions. You many be wondering:
- How can I find a new job that compliments my skills and interests?
- Where can I find free local resources?
- How can I prepare for applying and interviewing for jobs?
- What benefits are available at my new job, and how do they differ from my military benefits?
- Am I on target to meet my retirement and other savings goals?
- How can I balance competing goals for my savings ― like college savings, a new car or retirement?
Here are some resources to get you started on finding answers:
1. Veterans’ Employment and Training Service
The Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, or VETS, can help prepare you for a civilian career, including employment and transition assistance. Visit veterans.gov or download the department’s free Employment Assistance Workshop eBook. From planning your transition to finding civilian employment to researching local labor markets, these resources will help you plot your path.
2. Employee Benefits Security Administration
Check out publications, worksheets and online tools from the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, or EBSA. These can help you learn about saving for retirement, making the most of your private sector employer’s benefits and financial planning.
3. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs can provide a lot of assistance to transitioning service members. And they can help you make the most of your retirement benefits if you take a position within the federal government.
4. Labor Department webcast
This Labor Department webcast can also be a valuable tool. Representatives from VETS, EBSA, the VA and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards provide information to help you find employment, employee benefits and financial planning resources.