Careers - Working Your Guard Experience
The benefits of serving in the Army National Guard are many — money for college, adventure, the chance to serve your country. But there's another advantage you should know about: Your experience can translate into a great career in the civilian world. From the technical skills you acquire to the character traits you adopt, being in the Guard makes you highly desirable to civilian employers. Many companies actively seek out military candidates through Veteran-specific job websites. According to Major Pamela Ellison of the Employment and Education Outreach branch, there are several ways to turn your Guard experience into an exciting and lucrative civilian career.
Skills the Guard teaches can't be measured — but definitely count on the job. Employers highly value these traits, and as a Guard Soldier, you have them to offer. Be sure to highlight them on your resume or in job interviews.
- Can-do attitude
- Calm under pressure
- Physical fitness
How Your Guard Training Leads to Civilian Careers
From Guard administrative training — Careers in accounting, legal, human resources, news, broadcasting, sports media, marketing, public relations, communications, and publishing
From Guard engineering training — Careers in construction, electrical engineering, building engineering, architecture, road construction. plumbing, water purification, surveying and firefighting
From Guard translator/interpreter and linguistics training — Careers in government agencies, law enforcement, embassies, universities and companies that conduct business overseas
From Guard medical training — Careers in medical centers, clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, emergency medical technician, medical assistant, physician assistant
From Guard training in Military Police — Careers in law enforcement with federal, state, county or city agencies, private investigation, correction officer, security officer, K-9 officer