Some Fort Bragg soldiers got a little help Friday with planning their transitions from the military to the civilian world.
Ed Gideon who normally advises businesses partnered with Fort Bragg to host a success-focused seminar in downtown Fayetteville.
Transitioning to the civilian world is becoming more and more important because the number of troops leaving the armed services is on the rise. Reductions in force in the Army alone could mean more than 65,000 soldiers will leave the military in the next five years.
"Any amount of information that you can get to help in the transition is perfect," commented Steven Trayah, who has been in the army nearly 24 years.
Trayah is retiring later this year.
"It's scary, but exciting all at the same time," Trayah said.
He explained he has some concerns like many other people who serve in the military. For example, translating military terms into civilian language on his resume has been a challenge he said. Many soldiers worry they cannot turn their highly-specialized training into a civilian job.
"Folks coming out of the military have a huge reservoir of talents that they can offer in the civilian world," Gideon said.
They key is understanding how the good work habits and personal traits of a soldier make a person a good employee too, Gideon explained. He said anyone leaving the military just has to think about their skills in a different way, and just having a seminar like the one Friday can help a lot.
"[They need to] look a little deeper into themselves, find out what they're going to do, how they're going to make it happen and then commit to do it," Gideon said. "That's all they have to do. That's all you and I have to do. That's all anybody has to do to find the level of success that they want."
"I can't make them an expert in four or five hours, but I can sure as heck give them a leg up," he added.
He believes setting goals is one of the most important things anyone can do to transition to a new job. Obviously, some advice applies to more than just soldiers.
"My firm belief is if you don't have that [goal], all you're doing is driving to work."
Gideon also encouraged the soldiers or any job hunters to figure out ways to help potential employers improve how they manage time, money, or workers. He said offering those ideas can make a job applicant a top candidate.
The seminar Gideon hosted Friday is an addition to transition services offered at Fort Bragg. Gideon said he hopes to grow the seminar into a regular part of what Fort Bragg offers soldiers who are leaving the Army.