In preparation for the transition from military to civilian employment I’ve got a few questions regarding my next step. I'm a military RN and will retire in November 2020. For the past 10 years I've worked in the equivalent of military Human Resources (Education and Training). My job entails keeping track of newly and processed and out process staff, oversight of 5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) training staff on clinical and military requirements. I also managed life support training programs such as Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life support (PALS). However, most of my time has been spent improving and managing the LMS systems to deliver highly accurate reports and manage staff. And I really have a strong interest in the area and developed Excel skills that are well beyond my Healthcare counterparts. My questions are “Am I really an LMS administrator? Am I a good fit for such a role in the civilian world? What do other LMS administrators do? And what is their reasonable expected pay rate? I'd love to get comments from people that are already out there, especially if you're working in the LMS or a related field.
If you aren't on USAJOBS, you need to be. That site is dedicated to us veterans. Within the job descriptions and qualifications it will explain in detail what they are looking for and if you qualify. From experience, they are very stringent in terms of qualifications even down to your transcripts and what classes you've had in your program. They also specify licensure, etc. The process of applying on USAJOBS is straightforward, but it can take 6 months or more to complete the full process. Good luck.
Tony A first off, thank you so much for your service and best of luck in your upcoming transition. In my opinion, your experience gives you a lot of options moving forward and now you just need to do some deep thinking about where you want to take your career. It seems like you've had great leadership/management experience and that's something you can transition into a number of new areas you may not have thought of in the past. In regards to the LMS possibilities, I don't have a ton of experience placing people in those roles but it seems like you have the right type of experience to at least start applying and interviewing once the time is right. With your HR type of background, there are so many companies that are looking for strong leadership in those areas and for people who can come in and manage a team. You don't always need to have the most advanced skill set in specific areas because you are going to be building a team of individuals with specific skills that others may not have and that's what they focus on while you focus on leading and managing the team to drive results. If I were you, I'd keep a very open mind and start thinking about the types of companies, locations and day-to-day focus you'd like to have and then start doing research on companies that could be good fits. I hope this is helpful but feel free to send me a note if you have other thoughts or questions. Best of luck and thanks again!