“As a recent Marine Corps retiree, I have been fortunate to find that Marines I have served with throughout a twenty-year career are still eager to help one another. Prior to my retirement, much emphasis was placed on me to building a strong network that would facilitate my transition into my next career. Never did I imagine how many would extend a hand in order to help me take the next in the journey. I had everything from letters of recommendation, employment search advice, cups of coffee over a discussion about what my goals are, and ultimately job leads as they arose. All of this support is based on one thing that we all share, camaraderie. The camaraderie that is shared by Marines is something special that cannot be summarized into words, without taking away from the actual value it possesses. With that being said, it is what I miss the most since my departure. The level of gratitude and satisfaction that every leader feels after successfully mentoring, training, or educating another Marine in his performance of duty, or in a personal matter is what makes military leadership different than it’s civilian counterpart.
After a couple of months spent on the job hunt, something was becoming more relevant by the day. With the unemployment rate in its current state, employers have more applicants to choose from, and the competition is plentiful. I found myself applying for jobs that I “could do”, and not what I “have done”. With twenty years of Aviation Operations experience, I wasn’t able to make a smooth transition into a civilian job that was relevant to my experience, so I started looking at other options of what I could adapt to in the job market without much success.
The next step for me was to enroll in school and finish my higher level studies in pursuit of a BS in Business Management. I felt that I needed to obtain a degree in order to reach the next level of employment options, while building on the same skills that I had learned and practiced during my military career. Furthermore, by obtaining a degree in Business Management, it will give me the opportunity to offer my next employer a broad based level of experience and education in the project management field. Ultimately working with a team of equally inspired individuals that have a superior desire to be a part of a fun, results-driven, and goal oriented team.”
Luis Buelna is a very outgoing gentleman who is looking to find a new career in Project Management or Client Relations. He has served this great country of ours and I would appreciate any help we can give him to find a new position so he can keep his family in San Diego since they have moved around so much while he was in the USMC. His Linkedin profile can be found here.