Welcome to Day Twenty-Nine of the “30 Day Financial Transition Challenge.” The purpose of today’s article is to help you focus on your community relationships.
Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF)
Earlier in this series, we discussed the benefits of networking. Establishing and fostering community relationships is a great way to strengthen your personal and professional networks.
Many times, transitioning servicemembers feel like they’re losing the sense of mission, camaraderie, or purpose associated with military service. To a lot of folks, it feels like jumping into a world where everyone is self-absorbed. It might also seem like no one has a sense of service beyond their individual goals.
Finding ways to get involved in your community might not replace the exact sense of service that you have in the military. However, it is a great way find opportunities to add value, contribute, and to help others out. It’s also a great way for servicemembers to be noticed and recognized, which is very important for those still in the job-hunting stage of their transition.
Community involvement often plays a much larger role in one’s quality of life than expected. Take some time to get involved in your local community or with organizations you support. Your personal and professional network will grow, and you will have a greater sense of accomplishment and belonging.
Today, we’re going to look at where you currently stand. From there, we can determine whether community involvement is right for you, then develop a plan of action.
- 30 Day Financial Transition Challenge Day 27: Developing Networks
- Military to Civilian Transition Tips (Podcast 17)
What you need:
This exercise consists of a simple checklist of questions to help frame your approach.
1. Are you staying local or moving?
- If you’re moving, how can you learn about your new community?
- If you’re staying local, how can you become involved in your community?
2. Is networking a current priority (i.e. do you need to leverage your network to get into a job)?
- If not, what community interests do you have?
- Is there something that really drives you?
- Church involvement
- Children’s activities (Boy Scouts, sports clubs)
- Charitable works
- How much available time do you think you’ll have?
- Focus: Do you want to go ‘all in’ on one activity, or would you rather have some involvement in a couple of activities?
- Are there activities you can do which meet networking & community involvement goals?
3. If community involvement is not a current priority (too much on my plate), is it something you’d like to revisit in the future?
- If so, put a placemarker on your calendar (3-6 months) to revisit this.
By the end of today’s exercise, you should have a good understanding of whether community involvement has priority in your transition, and how you can incorporate that involvement into your to-do list.
Tomorrow, we’ll wrap up the 30 Day Financial Transition Challenge with Transition GPS (formerly known as TAP). Enrolling in Transition GPS early can give you flexibility to take control of your transition.