How to navigate from the military to a successful civilian career with confidence

Online seminar topics include:

  • Cold emailing

  • Networking

  • Interviewing

  • Finding mentors

  • Adapting your mindset

  • Common (& uncommon) careers

  • And much, much more



What is Reprogramming?

Reprogramming is a live six-course, online seminar for Active Duty members of the Armed Forces and recently transitioned military veterans to assist in their transition from the military. The US Military does an exceptional job of programming civilians to become warriors, but a poor job of reprogramming them to become successful civilians. This program is designed to fill that gap and give you the tools you need to approach your career transition with confidence. 



Wednesday, January 17th


6:00-7:15 PST
(75-minute session)



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Justin m. nassiri
Host of Reprogramming

After serving five years on the USS Alaska (SSBN 732G), I was ready to start my civilian career. My thinking was as simple as (1) I like managing people, (2) I guess if you want to manage people in the civilian sector it has something to do with business, (3) I guess I'll go to business school.

At Stanford Business School, I learned about career options I had never heard of while in the military, and received the training and exposure to launch my own venture-backed startup. The downside was that came with an $180k price tag, and a two year opportunity cost... not the ideal for most people.

This last year with Beyond the Uniform, I've interviewed over 115 military veterans about their civilian career. In doing so I've seen trends in the unique challenges that members of the Armed Forces face in this transition. My intention with Reprogramming is to cover the most often asked questions from the Beyond the Uniform community, as well as share the best advice I've heard from the 115 veteran interviews to date. 


Take the next step

Course is limited to 20 people, sign-up ends September 22, 2017


My Commitment

If you are not 100% satisfied with this course, I'll give you your money back, no questions asked.



5 live, online courses (1 HR ea.)

Recordings of all sessions

Worksheets for each course

Course wrap-up handouts

Recommended resource list

30-day post-seminar group check-in






Seminar Plus

5 live, online courses (1 hr ea.)

Recordings of all sessions

Worksheets for each course

Course wrap-up handouts

Recommended resource list

30-day post-seminar group check-in

Coaching overview session

4 one-on-one coaching sessions with CTI certified coach

List of recommended coaches & programs

Sign-up is now closed; sign-up for the Beyond the Uniform newsletter to learn about the next Reprogramming session.


Course Overview


Each course consists of a: 

  • 40-min interactive presentation

  • 20-minute question & answer period.

  • 1-3 "missions" - a challenge to achieve prior to the next course, with participants sharing their results and experience

  • Follow-up survey to collect additional questions to be covered at the start of the next session.


Course Syllabus (subject to change based on group feedback & progress):


Session 1: Overview & Cold Emailing - in addition to general introductions for the group, we'll talk about how this course differs from every training you've had in the military. We'll discuss how to get the most from the subsequent sessions and the overall course structure. We'll go through a process and free technologies you can use to identify mentors, advisors, and potential hirers, and how you can connect with them. And before Session 2, you'll put these tools to use - you'll come to Session2 being able to report on how many meetings you've scheduled, and what you learned.


Session 2: Career Landscape Overview - upon leaving Active Duty, most veterans are unaware of the vast spectrum of jobs for which they are extremely well qualified. In this session, we'll go through an overview of the career landscape, as well as how to start figuring out the right path for you and your family.

Key questions to answer are:

  1. How do you figure out what you want to do?
  2. How do you sift through all of the potential jobs that are available and find one that matches your talents and interests?
  3. How do you identify your priorities, such as location, work environment, culture, etc. and are not just relying on what your experience has been in the military?
  4. What are common post-military career paths... and what are uncommon ones you might want to explore


Session 3: Networking & Interviews - networking, interviewing, and outreach are three areas that are essential in a civilian career but not practiced extensively in the military. In this session, we'll go through ways in which veterans can approach networking authentically and confidently. We'll also discuss keys to interviewing and how to get better.

Key questions to answer are:

  1. How to translate military skills and experience into practical skills in the civilian workforce
  2. What is "networking" and why does everyone say it's so vital
  3. How to create meaningful connections in the civilian workforce while feeling authentic and true to your values


Session 4: Mindset - the single biggest component of making a successful transition to a civilian career is mindset. In nearly every interview I've conducted, I've heard about how false expectations and flawed approaches have led to unnecessary hardships. In this session we'll cover common mistakes veterans make in their transition, and how to adopt a mindset that will be both more enjoyable and more likely to lead to a successful outcome.

Key questions to answer are:

  1. What is your ideal work-life balance (with actual numbers)?
  2. How do you find purpose and meaning in post-military life?
  3. How to better understand yourself, your motivations, and your ambitions?
  4. How can you look past your identity as a service member and get an idea of what your next step should be? 


Session 5: Resources - many veterans I've interviewed experience a sense of disconnection and isolation following their transition. In this session, we'll focus on the best resources that have been recommended by guests on Beyond the Uniform, and how you can tap into a variety of support networks to assist you in your unique transition.

Key questions to answer are:

  1. Who are mentors that can help you through this transition?
  2. What resources are available outside of T-GPS?
  3. How do you start to plan for transition? How early is too early to start planning?
  4. How to prepare your finances for the transition?


30-day Post-Seminar Group Check-in - one month after our seminar has concluded, we'll check in one last time as a group to see how things are progressing, and answer questions that have come up along the way. The goal is to provide accountability, and allow for course corrections in the early stages of your applying this new process to your career transition. 


Seminar Plus


The Seminar Plus group is designed for those desiring to go deeper on transition assistance. One of the unifying themes I've heard in my interviews is the importance of mentors, coaches, and therapists in unlocking and achieving one's full potential - inside and outside of work. 

In the Seminar Plus we'll go through an extra session about what coaching is, how to approach it and find the right coach for you, and how to utilize this exceptionally valuable resource. For the duration of the course, you'll be paired with a CTI certified coach, who will meet with you for 4, 30-minute sessions.

This is an incredible value - the CTI certified coach that I have worked with for the last year is $330 per hour. He has led to incredible changes in my career, my life, and my company. I'm excited to have found coaches willing to provide an extreme discount as part of this program. Not only will you be able to tackle several complex obstacles in your life with these trained coaches, but you'll also get a sense for whether or not coaching may be a helpful tool in your transition (and throughout your career).