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Pave Your Career Path: Military to Civilian Transition, Episode 11

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Podcast by APUS Career Coach Rachel Dhaliwal, GCDF and Leia O’Connell, MSW, GCDF

Feeling uncertain about your transition out of the military and into the civilian sector? Rachel Dhaliwal – Marine Corps veteran, military spouse and certified career coach – takes us through her own transition story. She shares her candid experience – don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn about how a military transition plays out over a 10-year period.

You’ll learn:

  • How to avoid pitfalls which could delay your civilian career.
  • Steps you can take today to start preparing for your transition.

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About the Speaker

Rachel is a Marine Corps veteran and spouse with over five years of experience working in higher education. She began her career in the Financial Aid department of Pensacola Junior College while pursuing her associate degree in psychology. Going on to earn her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Troy University’s online campus, Rachel eventually returned to higher education when she joined APUS’s Military and Community College Outreach Team as an education coordinator at Camp Lejeune, NC in 2013. It was there that she discovered her aptitude for helping students and alumni and her eagerness to see them succeed. In 2015, she transitioned over to the Department of Career Services where she currently serves as a career coach.

Leia O’Connell has worked for the university since 2012 and is currently a Corporate Recruiter. She has been an Academic Advisor for the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, a Graduate Academic Advisor, and a Career Coach. Leia holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hartwick College and a master’s degree in social work from Binghamton University.

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