What will I learn?
The most important thing that we have learned working with transitioning veterans is that if you do not think critically about who you are as a person, what you value, and what your ambitions are; and then sharpen these things with your tribe, you will not be able to perform the job search basics very well, like resume writing and interviewing.
As we explored the latest research and best practices in career transitions, we discovered that the most effective strategies are similar for all people across all ages seeking to change careers, not just veterans. For example, we read the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and found direct similarities between the virtues that Aurelius wrote about and the character strengths that are recommended by top career development experts today.
This course focuses first on developing those fundamental character strengths that veterans will need to make a successful career transition. Second, the course offers you practical strategies to ease your transition, to help you make better decisions for you and your family, and ultimately help you achieve your career goals and reach your potential.
There will be 6 lessons, each named after a character strength translated into Latin, emphasizing that these are timeless principles that have guided generations to live purpose driven lives. Each lesson has 4 sections: Getting Started, Core Concepts, Action Items, and Wrapping Up. The character strengths are:
- Pietas (Citizenship)
- Prudentia (Critical Thinking)
- Gravitas (Passion)
- Humanitas (Creativity and Choice)
- Veritas (Authenticity)
- Nosce Te Ipsum (Emotional Intelligence)
Furthermore, we provide a digital workbook that you can download that provides space to take notes and then reflect upon them later. Also, added throughout are:
- Polls so you can see where you stand in relation to other students;
- Discussion Threads so that other students can learn from your input and experiences;
- Feedback Surveys so that we can continue to refine and improve the curriculum; and
- Voices from real life industry experts and veterans in transition.
The curriculum does not need to be completed from start to finish. The material can be used continuously to reflect upon as you progress in your transition. The character strengths are blended together and not independent of one another. We hope you find this program meaningful and we look forward to working with you as you transition into a new phase of your life.