When I left the military after six years of active duty in 2012, I knew I wanted to start my own business but was unsure of how to apply the expertise and relationships I’d built in the Army to the civilian world. With the help of mentors, I learned how to adapt the skills I developed in the military and have gone on to found two tech startups.
The mentorship I received was invaluable and I try to pass it forward. I make it a priority to spend time speaking with other veterans and give advice about transitioning from the military to the private sector. Giving back and helping others who are on a similar path to me is incredibly important, and I recommend every professional, no matter his or her background, make it a priority to either find a mentor or become a mentor. Providing or receiving advice doesn’t have to take a lot of time — platforms like LinkedIn’s Career Advice feature, which I use to connect with other veterans in need of advice, allows anyone to seek out or provide lightweight mentorship. Through Career Advice, I’ve been able to mentor veterans and answer their questions about transitioning into the civilian working world, provide frank and honest feedback on their career plans, and help connect former active-duty military members to new opportunities
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Sonny Tosco – Entrepreneur – 22 Jan 2018