Being able to communicate effectively with coworkers and management will drastically improve your new work environment. Many transitioning veterans feel that their skills are not being fully engaged by their first civilian job. Now that you are out of the military, you have permission to speak freely. Veterans often believe that speaking up is disrespectful; on the contrary, in the civilian world you have to actively advocate for yourself. If you feel your skills and experiences can be more effective, discuss your thoughts. Promote your accomplishments, and do not hesitate to vocalize your knowledge. Break the unpleasant stereotypes by making a point to communicate better.
Separation from the military environment to transition back into a civilian is a true gauntlet. But you are not alone in this. You have the skills, the mindset, and the drive to build yourself up by utilizing the experiences and education that has shaped your life. Remember this, and you will get the most out of your first civilian job.
I’ll be more than happy to help you along the way — so don’t hesitate to reach out by dropping a line.