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What's Life After the CAF Going to Look Like for YOU?

A pair of binoculars

“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.”

~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee~

It’s time to slow down and settle yourself in a quiet place where you can decompress and not be disturbed. Take a few deep breaths, count to 10, and exhale. Close your eyes and think about what you want your future to look like in the next 5 years.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you see yourself in an urban or rural environment?

  • Is there a special location that comes to mind for you?

  • Who is there with you?

  • What do you see yourself doing?

  • What types of activities are you involved in?

  • What hobbies and or interests are you pursuing?

  • How are you feeling about this new lifestyle?

It can be helpful to have a physical representation to crystallize your vision in your mind. You can make a vision board composed of pictures and words demonstrating what you want your life to look like. This is a fun activity and there is no right or wrong. At this point, do not concern yourself with how you will make your vision a reality.

Let’s dig a little deeper into things you enjoy doing in your leisure time, volunteer experiences, and work tasks. Within the CAF, you have had numerous roles, and some you enjoyed more than others.

What were the tasks you enjoyed? Why did you enjoy them? Was it the task itself, the people you worked with, the environment you were in, the leadership style of your supervisor, or the result?

What were the tasks you did not like? Why didn’t you like them? Was it the task itself, the people you worked with, the environment you were in, the leadership style of your supervisor, or the result?

You can ask yourself these same questions for your leisure activities and volunteer experiences. This may seem like a simple exercise, but many of my clients find it challenging.

As you reflect upon your responses, you most likely will see a trend that indicates your key motivators. What tasks and activities have you identified that you enjoyed the most and received the most satisfaction: i.e. helping people, working with your hands and building things, creating things of beauty, influencing others, organizing and creating order, and or being a big-picture thinker figuring out the why’s.

These key motivators are associated with various careers in the STRONG INTEREST INVENTORY assessment. You may find that the assessment verifies what you already know, or the results could provide new career directions to consider. If you are considering leaving the military now is the time to reflect and make a career plan that gets you to your desired lifestyle. If you have already left and are not happy with your current career situation, you can still create an action plan to help you achieve your desired goals.

My Career Exploration and Decision-Making services provide one-on-one coaching for 6, 1-hour sessions. It’s a process that results in a customized career plan based on your criteria. It is eligible for VAC funding under the Education Training Benefit (ETB) short course application.

To find out if this service is right for you, book your complimentary 20-minute discovery session at

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