I recently started working at the U.S. Department of Labor and can honestly tell other veterans that it is possible to make that transition. I am a Purple Heart recipient and was honorably discharged in 2009. In the last 5 years, I have worked as a manager in the financial industry. One of the biggest challenges I faced was going to school full time and working full time in a high-stress management position. I really want to emphasize to other veterans looking to make the transition that you do not have to necessarily look for your military occupational field when you leave the military. For instance, I was a field radio operator in the Marine Corps and now I work in accounting and love my job. I graduated from the University of Phoenix in June of 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. One piece of advice, take advantage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill or any other VA program and your hard work will pay off at the end. Personally, I could not be more thrilled about the next stage of my career in the Federal government. It is a privilege and honor to come to a professional work environment and learn something new every day. I am a firm believer that you can always strive to get better and excel at anything you set your mind to. The motivation, dedication, and commitment that you learn in any of the military branches will help you strive to new levels to achieve your goal. It's a matter of perseverance to find the job that is right for you.