Many service members believe that because they did a certain job in the military, that they’re limited to certain opportunities in the civilian world. This could not be further from the truth. This week, FourBlock Founder Mike Abrams shares why it is so important for service members to have a growth mindset and to think critically when making the transition from military service to a civilian career. As you think critically about your transition, your future career, your family, and your life, understand that your brain is a muscle. It can grow and change with hard work and effort. With a growth mindset you will be able to open doors to new opportunities and achieve things in your life and career that you never thought possible. We encourage you to check out the video “Things that Take Zero Talent” by New York Times bestselling author, multigenerational workplace expert, and FourBlock Board Member Lindsey Pollak. This video is part of an online career transition course created in partnership with Columbia University called Find Your Calling: Transition Principles for Returning Veterans.
Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace. General Charles Krulak coined the term “Three Block War” to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat. But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block.
FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers.
Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective. Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue.
Veterans, explore new industries and make the right connections. Find a career that fits your calling. Join us at fourblock.org. Over 77% of FourBlock alumni stay at their first jobs over 12 months. Sponsor our program or host a class to equip more of our veterans at fourblock.org/donate.