Hi All
I am a 38 year old Army officer (Infantry). Having successfully passed the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, and handled important regimental and staff appointments, I am looking for a change of career in about 2 years. Any advices/suggestions? Also, I have an option to apply for a 6 month management course at IIMA/ MDI Gurgaon towards the last 6 months before retirement.

From India, Delhi
Hi All,
I have decided to appear for GMAT. Will spend 6-8 months for preparation and aim for 700+ score. Therafter, I plan to join the 6 month certification course available to defence officers from IIM/MDI before quitting the Army.
Would welcome comments from more experienced people out here.

From India, Delhi
There is good news for the guys wanting to shed their fatigues...please see the attachment and give your comments
From India, Delhi

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Dear navinder,
This article is interestng and apt in our Indian context as well. I served in the Army for seven years, did a reseetlement course from MDI and now in my fifth month as HR Manager in a Knowledge Services Org. I am still in transition and learning the ropes. I must acknowledge, though that the sound values that Army instilled in me is helping me immensely to take on the challenges. And as the article puts it, MDI did act as an incubator, imparting industry knowledge and giving me a base to develop my knowledge and skills.
I wish you the best in the corporate world.

From India, Delhi
Hi, is there a methodology wherein a person with experience also be judged for existence of traits/ qualities which are essential (essential traits may differ from industry to industry) and may be assessed in each individual so that the individual's score be certified like the GRE/ GMAT/ CAT/ GATE score? Why can't we design a system like that so that so many people may not waste time and just call people with a certain score and assess the relevance of the person's fitment in the industry/ company? I have the determination to work on such a project if there is somebody out there who is willing to try it out.........Regards,Swaminath Adabala
From India, Hyderabad
Across the board, professionals making the career shift from the military to the private sector are faced with numerous obstacles. But these obstacles are surmountable, with careful planning and the right attitude. Here are a few tips for all aspiring Faujis.

De-Militarizing your resume
Resume preparation is particularly complex for transitioning military personnel because it involves "de-militarizing" one's job descriptions - translating military experience to civilian tasks. You'll be hard-pressed to get an interview, much less an offer, unless you're able to describe what you have to offer - and it's not as easy as you think. In the military, we are used to a lot of acronyms for just about everything,"

The majority of Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) don't easily translate to civilian jobs. There is no need for an infantry man or stinger missile operator in the civilian work force, but men in these positions know more about accountability than just about anyone short of a doctor.

Luckily, help is out there for job seekers on a web site called Military.com, created to help military consumers with issues like career transition, financial planning and relocation.

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With 23 years of experience in military intelligence, and a stint developing, implementing and managing an adjunct faculty program for 85 military linguists, Joy Mukherjee was shocked at the way he was treated when he began his civilian job search. "I was asked by an HR professional if I seriously thought any of my skills were transferable to civilian life."
Military-to-civilian career changers all over the country say that their biggest obstacle is selling themselves to employers who tend to see them as "a bunch of robots," with "limited vision" who are "inherently lazy" and "only respond to direction from above." Former Air Force engineer 'Sandeep' reports that companies are often apprehensive because they think that "we are not cost-conscious, and hence, not profit-oriented."
The negative perception was evident even among people who had previously served in the military. "I find myself constantly having to prove that we are not right wing automatons but fast-thinking, flexible people." One interviewer even expressed worry that Col Bikramjit was used to having a clerk type his documents, and would not be able to do so himself. "I said I don't know if you've heard, but we have computers on every desk, and I do my own typing!"
Put your skills on the table
In the military, you know what people do by their rank and branch of service. It's more foggy in the civilian world. And since civilian employers are not always familiar with military lingo, it's up to the job seeker to prove that their underlying skill-sets are the same as those required in the business world.
When recruiters questioned the value of his military experience, Col(Retd) BS Marwah learned how to sell himself civilian-style. "I actually had a major [recruiting firm] tell me to 'get one job under my belt and then come see us'!" Marwah says. Eventually he ‘used some networking skills, got a few interviewers, and blew away the interviewers with his [industry] knowledge and experience.’ Which wasn't hard - he had 20 years of experience in the Army Medical Service Corps as a Health Services Administrator. Marwah says he also "went to great pains in the interviews to use practical examples to convince them that I had worked in the 'future!'" He managed to destroy the "Novice image" and show his interviewers that the military health services administration was actually "20 years ahead of industry."
Some employers simply assume that veterans receiving retirement income will accept less money. Junior officers with less experience than Marwah or Bikramjit also find that, because companies don't understand what they bring to the table, they are repeatedly offered jobs for which they are overqualified. When Rajinder Dalal left the Army as a Captain with over four years of active duty service, he was treated as though he were a new college graduate.
Once veterans prove themselves, however, and learn how to maneuver their way through the corporate world, promotions generally follow.
They certainly did for Sudhir. In the four years since he left the Air Force, he's moved up from Project Manager to Director, and then to Assistant VP at a large financial company. "In a small way, they were right," he remarks. "The real world is different." As he's moved up the corporate ladder he has bypassed several managers who had put in over 10 years at his firm. "Maybe they should have taken up marching."

From India, Delhi
Dear Mr. Narang,This occured to me even as I read the post from CiteHR. I would certainly work on the idea and do a pilot study. Would you please mail across your mobile number and do let me know a convenient day of the time when I may contact you. My number is 9885744544. I am glad you have replied to my idea out of the blue......... Regards,Swaminath AdabalaLieutenant Commander (retired)
From India, Hyderabad
Why do faujis retuire early, i can understand for a bechara CEO but Y a fauji who has a control over the antion
From India, Mumbai
Hi, We help the elected government preserve Democracy and safeguard the integrity of our national boundary from infiltrators. We do not intend to retire but there are certain guiding principles in every system due to which we have to look for alternative opportunities. There comes a time for every individual to hang up his/ her boots and get on with the life without donning the uniform. I would only be too glad to stay back in service but then as I said the system is not so very flexible. Each officer leaving the service either way (volunteer or otherwise) has a family to fend for and children who need to be provided with education. I hope you understand the reasons.Warm Regards, Swaminath Adabala Lieutenant Commander (retired)
From India, Hyderabad
Is there a way by which I can learn flying considering that I m nt a fauji nor a science student
From India, Mumbai

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