Your mindset, attitude, or disposition, shapes how you approach every aspect of your life and career. With demanding positions, like those in the military, the right mindset is fundamental to your success.
Being in the military is not for the faint of heart. It takes a strong person and a specific outlook on life to thrive in a military career. When you transition back to civilian life, the mindset that supported you during your time in the military will set you apart and prepare you for continued success.
What does it mean to have a military mindset? Several components and characteristics of this attitude make it special, both while you’re enlisted and when you need to apply military discipline in everyday life.
One of the first things service members learn is to take the initiative. In the military, it’s just as important to do tasks without prompting as it is to respond to orders. Having the discipline to take the next step and find the next task on your own is an invaluable skill in the civilian education system and workforce.
Service members are always aware of their surroundings. They pay attention to what’s happening around them and the fine details involved in their work. This level of engagement allows them to make fewer mistakes and prevent accidents before they happen. If you have a military mindset, you can use your situational awareness to turn in better work at school and provide better results at work.
As a member of the military, you’re expected to be resilient. You must demonstrate your mental toughness and keep moving if things become difficult. In the military, that can be the difference between life and death. In the civilian world, you’re better prepared to handle complicated situations without giving up. Your mindset has given you the ability to persevere and complete your responsibilities.
The mindset you develop as a military service member will serve you for the rest of your life. If you’re considering pursuing additional education, that military mindset is particularly valuable.
MedCerts is dedicated to supporting service members like you. MedCerts offers many courses that are approved by the Army Credentialing Assistance Program. You can work with our team of military veterans to enroll in courses that will support your transition to civilian life. They will help you find the right program that will allow you to make the most of your military mindset in your future career.
Your mindset as a service member gives you initiative, perseverance, and situational awareness. These characteristics will set you apart from your competition when transitioning to civilian life. Make the most of your military mindset by pursuing additional Army school and career certifications with MedCerts. Learn more about how MedCerts can help you prepare for your next career today.
Mickey is a Platoon Leader for the Nevada Army National Guard and has been serving since September 2019. He joined the Army in an act of “now or never” as he neared his 30th birthday and had always dreamed of serving. Mickey is also an ASVAB coach and uses his education background to assist other soldiers through Gamonal Tutors.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and spent two and a half years in Morocco with the United States Peace Corps. He joined MedCerts in January 2020 and uses his combined Army and education experience to help soldiers take advantage of their Army Credentialing Assistance funding to pursue career training.
Mickey lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife Sheena, who he considers his “rock”, and enjoys teaching snowboarding in his free time. He also has completed MedCerts Project Management program and hosts the ASVAB Domination podcast.