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#38: Identifying Your Future Self. Charting Your Post-military Career

If you are about to leave active duty or have started a new career after leaving the service, this episode is for you. Gene Moran, the founder, and host of the Make Your Move Podcast shares two important sections from his recent book: Make Your Move – Charting Your Post-Military Career to assist you in identifying your future self.


With more than 24 years in uniform, retiring as a Navy Captain, Gene now owns and operates his own firm helping businesses navigate the federal sales environment, resulting in billions of dollars to their bottom lines. Gene also gives back to veterans by sharing his post-military career experience through his book: Make Your Move – Charting Your Post-Military Career and the Make Your Move Podcast. In honor of our nation’s veterans, 100% of the proceeds of this book are being donated to support Freedom Fighter Outdoors.

Your military service brings value to any company, how do you articulate that value to a for-profit entity? Gene talks about making an investment in yourself through continued learning and why having great mentors and a plan can help prepare you for post-military life.  Gene also describes why you should give yourself permission to think differently in civilian life while maintaining your military heritage.  

Episode Highlights

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00:01:01 – 00:07:24: Gene talks about aspects of career transition and the decision to leave military service. Having a plan for your future is important.  This includes making an investment in yourself be it financial or academic to shine light on the value you can bring to any organization.

00:07:25 – 00:13:33 Gene shares how to focus on your future self and what that could look like.  Reaching full retirement age comes quick and you may recognize that you’re not where you thought you were going to be.  You need a plan.

00:13:34 – 00:18:01: Gene shares three tips on how you might shape your future self.

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Military members often reach out to me when they’re struggling to find fulfillment. Their individual stories share so many common themes that I’m convinced some of them are universal. I’ve also advised enough corporate clients and leadership teams to see that military retirement shares many attributes with corporate and life transitions. For example, all include elements of planning, self-assessment, and mentorship. Developing these skills is vital for a growth mindset. I have devoted a chapter to each principle I believe is key to a successful transition..:

Connect with Gene on LinkedIn for more useful tips and proven strategies to maximize your post-military career success.

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Gene spent nearly 25 years in uniform, serving in six ships and more than ten duty stations, and visiting over 50 countries serving as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and retiring as a Captain. In corporate, he led legislative affairs for a large international defense company from the Washington, DC office. In doing so, Gene gained a detailed understanding of the defense industrial base and supply chains of myriad platforms, systems and capabilities. Then in 2013, he took the leap to start his own business, Capitol Integration. Since then Gene has helped scores of companies improve their federal positions.

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