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Meet the Operator: Ten Questions with YGN Alumnus Ryan Jones
Meet the Operator: Ten Questions with YGN Alumnus Scott Eshom
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Cubicles No More - Today's Modern Office
Military Culture vs Corporate Culture
Money Tips for Vets
How to Chose a Company that will Work for YOU
Rebranding for the Civilian World
Setting Realistic Employment Goals...and Sticking to Them
Spinning Plates-How to Balance Work and Family Life
Three Roles for Vets
Transferrable Skills for the Workplace
Challenges to Landing their Dream Job
Special Operations veterans entering the workforce after years of military service face a unique set of challenges. Their experience, education, and training is among the best in the world, but still the obstacles can still be there.
A Failure to Communicate: Corporate Communication Styles
Special Operations veterans entering the workforce after years of military service face a unique set of challenges. Their experience, education, and training is among the best in the world, but still the obstacles can still be there.
What Your Grateful Nation Does for Special Operations Vets
Special Operations veterans entering the workforce after years of military service face a unique set of challenges. Their experience, education, and training is among the best in the world, but still the obstacles can still be there.
Military Service Makes You an Ideal Candidate for an MBA
Do you think that transitioning from military service to the private sector means starting at the bottom of the corporate ladder? It doesn’t have to, and for someone with your skills, it’s certainly shouldn’t. Many veterans are turbo-charging their careers with valuable MBAs.
How to Co-Exist with Coworkers Half Your Age
Re-entering the civilian workforce after a career in the military? The office may seem a bit younger than you remember. Your mind isn’t playing tricks on you: In the last decade Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, have overtaken the office.
Special Operations Veterans Should Look for a Great Company, Not Just a Job
Special Operations vets transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce don’t want to—and shouldn’t—settle for just any job. But, as Special Operations veterans have discovered, not everyone is as trustworthy or honorable as their old comrades.
The Future of Work: The Freelance Economy
Special Operations veterans surveying the civilian workforce for the first time in years may have noticed that the corporate landscape has changed since they enlisted. More work is being done at home (or in Starbucks) as telecommuting has become common, increasing 85% since 2005 according to some estimates.
Could a Robot Do Your Job?
Did you get a drone over the holidays? Is a Roomba currently whirring around your kitchen floor? Or maybe you’re saving your pennies for a Jibo to brighten up your apartment?
Coping with the Commute: Strategies to Keep You Sane
Location, location, location: it’s as true for real estate as it is for the workplace. It’s a little bit harder to choose your employer’s location, though, as many Americans are finding out.
Four Reasons Special Operations Vets are Ideal Entrepreneurs
Launching a small business or being a career entrepreneur has been compared to an ultramarathon. But maybe a five-round Ultimate Fighting championship match might be a better descriptor.
Three Networking Tips for Special Operations Veterans
We’ve all heard the old saying about success: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” It’s as true for landing a job as it is for climbing the professional ladder.
Five Jobs That are a Great Fit for SOF Veterans
One of the biggest challenges for Special Forces veterans transitioning to civilian life is deciding the best career path. Monster.com and Indeed.com don’t have too many job listings for Green Berets or Navy SEALS, but they should. Special Forces’ transferrable skills are innumerable and fit a variety of occupations.

Where Should I Live and Work?
Transitioning your Special Forces military experience to the civilian world is never easy (as anyone who has handed a DD 214 to a civilian hiring manager already knows). Just deciding where to live can be daunting.

Meet the Operator: Ten Questions with YGN Alumnus Ryan Jones
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Where did you grow up?
Baltimore, MD
Who is/was your inspiration?
I would have to say my mother, she was a single mom raising 3 kids, and I was her only son.
Did you go to college?
Not right away. I enlisted first.
When did you first realize that you wanted to go in to the military? Was there a defining ‘aha!’ moment?
I can say 9/11 was my defining moment, I knew subconsciously in my junior year of high school, that I was going to enlist while watching the events unfold on tv.
Why did you choose the SF route?
SF was always my first choice when enlisting but I was too young to go into the X-ray program. The ultimate decision was made after I had the opportunity to train with 1/10 Special Forces CIF.
How long did you serve? Where were you stationed?
I served for 11 years with duty stations in Seoul South Korea, Stuttgart Germany, Fort Hood Texas, Fort Bragg North Carolina and left service from Fort Campbell Kentucky Any notable stories/accomplishments you can/want to share? My biggest accomplishment to date other than earning my green beret would be getting hired by Fox Sports.
Why did you get out?
Long story short it was either my career or my children. I chose my children
What was your biggest fear about transitioning?
Entering the civilian workforce as an adult. My entire adult life to this point was spent in the military.
Why YGN?
How did it help you in your job search? After seeing the YGN ad on FS1 I knew I had to reach out to the one organization that specialized in placing and assisting Special Operators. We are far too often thrown into the same bubble as any other Vet whether they have 4 years of service or 15. To know that there was organization that knew our value and the advanced skills we bring to the table YGN was a no brainer.