Like most people within the workforce, military veterans are looking for a career that will heighten opportunities to capitalize on existing skills and experiences—not just a job.
Ralph Yarusso is one vet who was able to do just that, making the move from franchisee to franchise executive. Currently, Ralph is the senior vice president of operations and business development for Grease Monkey International:
“I came out of the Air Force. I worked in flight operations for a while and had an opportunity to get involved with an automotive franchise in 1984,” he recounts. “I actually was a franchisee for a number of years—23 years. I was in the Driven Brands family of franchises, with Meineke Car Care Centers. I started with one and grew up to 15—had a great career. I’m not a mechanic by any means, but I was a good leader. I was able to manage my staff really well. I think the military helped me a lot with that.”
Many servicemen and women facing this transition wonder exactly how to translate hard earned military skills into civilian skills. Fortunately, there are many valuable resources specifically tailored to veteran needs that provide much needed insight. Here are a couple of them:
Military.com provides a general skills translator tool that reveals certain career areas that veterans may be suited for outside of the armed forces. The results of this tool can also help you when developing your resume and other materials to be used when you meet with franchisors about becoming a part of their franchise system.
Another website that also offers a range of tools and resources is GIJobs.com. One of these tools is a military pay calculator, which helps assist veterans in translating pay rates from the military to civilian figures.
All franchise industries feature opportunities that work well for veterans who wish to bring military skills into a franchise concept they believe in. Like all prospective franchisees, the area you end up in is truly a function of your interests and lifestyle. There are nonetheless a few franchise industries that military veterans appear to gravitate toward, including the following: