Episode #25: Finding out your Dream Job is a Nightmare with Chris Dreisbach
A 21-year Air Force veteran, Christopher Dreisbach served in the aerospace ground equipment career field as a quality assurance manager and as a leadership instructor. Chris retired at the end of 2020 and directly transitioned to a maintenance manager role in the manufacturing industry. However, he discovered that it was a poor fit for his goals. Within 3 months, after being inspired by the stories shared on this podcast, he quit to pursue new goals. Although his story may initially seem like a success to transition from a full-length military career to a high salaried position, he was not happy. Chris made the pivot, and he shares his story to help others who might have some of the same feelings and similar circumstances.
- When you get to your last PCS and just know that it’s time to press the button, take advantage of all the resources available to you.
- If your resume is not getting you to the interview stage, consider how much more quickly a professionally-written resume can get you there and how many months of searching you can afford without a paycheck.
- You may find that the civilian role you thought you wanted is just as much of a grind as the one you had in the military. It might even be more of a grind, depending on your level of responsibility.
- You’re not a failure if you discover that your new civilian job is a bad fit for you. Don’t overstay out of loyalty to your new employer.
- There are perks to a salaried position, but they come with a cost. Consider if you are willing to pay that cost.
- DoD SkillBridge programs can only happen in your last 180 days of active duty. While it is amazing to take advantage of 6 months of an internship situation, consider taking some time between the internship and your military career while you know what your budget is.
- Your resume should not be written like an EPR. A duty title held throughout 2 or more years and all of its relevant skills and experience cannot be distilled into 1 or 2 bullets on your resume.
- You’re not alone in the transition process. Here are some lessons Chris learned from earlier episodes of our podcast:
- Consider the culture fit of your post-military role. (Keith Forte)
- Who are you outside of the uniform? (Rob Rens)
- Don’t be afraid to pivot. (Jennifer Foxworthy)
- Consider your legacy. (Ben Killoy)
- Making more money does not equate to more life satisfaction. (Adam Braatz)
- Do you pay for a resume or not? (Alfredo Torres)
- Invest in yourself:
- You can connect with Chris on LinkedIn at:
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