Since we’ve already covered what veterans should be thinking about once they leave the service, let’s discuss the potential careers they could have if they chose to go into alternative medicine. In the previous blog post we discussed the reasons why veterans are actually quite a good fit for a career in alternative medicine. Once a veteran has graduated from their school of choice, they’re faced with challenges like every other graduate, however being they have a set of skills so unique, they also have many advantages.
The fact that they’re veterans puts them in the perfect position to work in one of the many VA hospitals across the country. Not only will they be able to use their skills to help others, those others will be veterans, people who deserve the royal treatment for their service. Thanks to their mutual understanding of each other and shared experiences the bond and trust between the patient and the veteran treating them will be special on a completely different level. It really makes the perfect dynamic of empathy and understanding that every patient desires. It puts the caregiver in a position to spread information about using alternative medicine to help treat a variety of common afflictions facing other veterans like PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia and both acute and chronic pain. As an added bonus being a veteran gives you that extra edge in the application and hiring process.
If working with the VA isn’t something you’re interested in, fret not, you’ve still got plenty of options. Employers are always looking for veterans for roles in management and team leading thanks to the skills they’ve acquired while in service. One area of alternative medicine that is seeing large growth is private clinics, ranging in specialties from beauty to health and wellness. Access to alternative medicine, which used to be limited to mainly large cities is now being spread throughout the country in towns big and small. This leaves you with a lot of options in terms of where you’d like to work.
Another increasingly popular option for those going into alternative medicine is being self employed. It gives you incredible flexibility and plays upon the strengths of determination and self preservation that many veterans have. Being able to work for yourself gives veterans the ability to adapt their work to their lives, not the other way around. It’s a perfect option for those who are facing a hard time being able to adjust back into civilian life because it gives you control over your schedule, allowing you to take it one step at a time.
No matter what path you ultimately take when entering the job market as a veteran, they’re a plenty of resources to help you get to where you want to be. From government run websites (like USA Jobs and Feds Hiring Vets) helping veterans find jobs in the public and private sector to independently run site like Vet Jobs, Hire Veterans, and Veteran Jobs Mission.