November 27, 2011
After serving 24 years in the United States Air Force the time came to make a professional decision to search for a new career. The intent was to obtain a post military civil service job and capitalize on years of on-the-job experience while in the military. The risks and uncertainty of leaving the military to embark on new career was challenging to say the least. The processes of applying for and obtaining post military employment were relatively simple to accomplish. The decision-making processes were exactly as outlined within the textbook and additionally ...view middle of the document...
“Stage one is identifying and diagnosing the problem” (Bateman & Snell, 2011, p. 89). Simply put, separation from the military because of retirement leads identifies a need for future employment. The second stage of generating alternate solutions was also applicable in seeking employment. Specifically identifying alternate methods of employment even though the focus was on a civil service job, another alternative was to apply for a job through a government contractor. The next two stages of evaluating the alternatives and making the choice was inherently part of the decision process in job selection. Evaluating the options of a civil service job or government contractor was a matter of benefits available in the civil service vice the higher paying salary of a contractor. The path of civil service was a better fit and provides significantly better family benefits, so the choice was to pursue civil service. Finally, the most important stage of implementing the decision by applying for and accepting a position within the civil service community as a Program Manager. The last stage in the six stages of decision making is to evaluate the decision. Evaluating the professional decision to retire from the military and pursue a second career as a civil servant was the appropriate decision with no regrets to this point.
The decisions made and thought processes used to purse a second career as a civil servant would not be any different from those made previously. The advantage leading into the effort of seeking employment after...