The Power of Networking In Your Military Transition - MedCerts

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Ever heard the saying “It’s all who you know?” Well, you may be wondering how to get to know the right people when you’re preparing for your military transition. The answer is networking.

Networking is the act of meeting and interacting with other people in professional circles with the goal of sharing information in a mutually beneficial way. Often, this is accomplished through face-to-face events held during breakfast, lunch or after-hours so that professionals can attend. Introducing yourself and shaking hands is just the first step in the networking process.

It’s easy to look for opportunities to network. Be open and curious about the work of people you meet every day because you never know when someone has a connection that can help you propel your career once you rejoin civilian life. While you’re completing your training for credentials, you should always be looking ahead — and networking after graduation from a reputable training program like MedCerts is the key to that success.

It can feel uncomfortable at first to put yourself out there, but there are many benefits of this important effort.

Benefits for Networking

Networking can provide active military personnel a strategic boost in their career in a variety of ways. If you lack the confidence to talk with people you don’t know yet, consider these reasons to hold your head high, smile and approach someone who may be an important part of your military transition.

Boosts Employment Opportunities

Many companies announce openings internally long before they reach out to the public. When you let professionals know about your credentials and interests in specific roles, they’ll be more likely to let you know about employment opportunities before anyone else. This puts you ahead of the competition and gets your foot in the door.

Gain Access to Exclusive Professional Information

People who are already established in an industry know more than just what jobs are available. They also know about trade shows, conferences and other networking events you can attend to continue to make contacts and learn about your future career.

Builds Social Connections

When you know people in similar professional situations, it’s possible to help each other handle whatever may occur as you move and grow within your own career. Networking, in essence, is the act of building relationships and creating contacts. You may discover life-long friendships that start with the exchange of a business card.

Helps Establish a Support System

The transition from the military back to civilian life isn’t always smooth, but having a support system of people who understand your situation definitely makes it easier. It helps to talk with fellow professionals about your goals and concerns because you never know who can help you find a solution.

MedCerts Helps Military Students

As an online academic institution, MedCerts offers a lot of networking help for military students. They provide more than just training and credentialing opportunities for some of the most sought-after industries, like healthcare and information technology. Also, as an approved vendor for the Army Credentialing Assistance program, enrolling in a MedCerts program could cost you nothing! Connect with the MedCerts military education team to help you begin networking in a new career today.

The Army, Department of Defense, and Department of the Army are not affiliated with MedCerts and do not endorse our services.

Portrait of Mickey Gamoral
Written by Mickey Gamoral
Military Education Consultant

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.

Published on April 25, 2023


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