The Protector Mindset: A GRC Gateway to Jobs for Veterans
Dr. Destinee Prete
Director, OCEG GRC Cert & Accreditation | PhD, Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Veteran & Milspouse
Dive in as we explore the unique relationship between a veteran’s skillset and a career in GRC.
Veterans are equipped with a unique set of knowledge, skills and abilities, accompanied by specialized training and experience that offer transferability and translation into a rewarding career in Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC). Like our service members and veterans, GRC professionals apply a Protector Mindset™ to protect an organization’s value through their interdisciplinary approaches in GRCs critical disciplines. With a 4.4% veteran unemployment rate and a staggering 1M available risk management positions, let’s dive into the relationship between open jobs and the GRC market.
Veteran Jobs in the GRC Space
Why Should Veterans Consider GRC Training?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for information security analysts will increase by 33% from 2020-2030 GRC. Along with ample room for employment, making the decision to move from military life to roles in industries in the GRC sector is an important one that provides future-proof job security. Many service members weigh the pros and cons of military service, which offers career stability, against life in the private sector. By transitioning your military training and skillsets to a private sector career in GRC, you’re able to capitalize on the opportunity to leverage your natural protector mindset to - earn a higher salary, control your own upward mobility, and settle down geographically.
Join the Military Cohort today to jumpstart your career in GRC!
What is GRC?
GRC is a relevant and growing need within organizations both small and large. The mission of GRC is to create and protect value for companies by managing risk, meeting compliance, and aligning IT with business objectives through Principled Performance. GRC practitioners are versatile professionals who use six GRC disciplines (governance, risk, audit, compliance, ethics, and IT) to optimize GRC programs in organizations across the globe.
Working closely with other GRC specialists, they aim to reliably achieve company objectives, address uncertainty, and act with integrity, making them key assets in any workspace.
How is my Specific Skill Set Transferrable to GRC?
No matter the rank, location, or branch of service, military service members gain many transferable hard and soft skills from their military experiences and training.
Some of the most commonly transferable knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) that service members gain that transfer into GRC roles include -
Knowledge - Law and Government; Public Safety and Security
Skills - Critical Thinking; Judgement and Decision-Making; Active Listening; Monitoring; Active Learning
Abilities - Oral Expression; Problem Sensitivity; Deductive Reasoning; and Inductive Reasoning
Several military occupational codes offer technical and hard skills that are transferable to GRC roles, as well as many of those additional or ‘collateral’ duties that service members engage in during service are also transferable to GRC roles. Additionally, every service member owns a level of risk management and has dealt with operations and many of the associated intricacies, tasks and applied tasks that come with running day-to-day unit operations.
Many civilian workforce employees have not had the experiences in both high-stakes and low-stakes environments like their military counterparts. The mindset that is required of service members is one that not only sets them apart, but one that is trained to pay attention to detail and protect. The attributes associated with the Protector Mindset in GRC roles are ones that those who have served in uniform and their spouses will understand and embody.
Why Should I Train with OCEG?
OCEG, the founder of GRC and Principled Performance, has been training GRC professionals for over two decades. OCEG fosters a global community with professionals in virtually every Fortune 1000 organization — and in 190 countries around the globe. Notable OCEG partners include:
Additionally, OCEG offers special pricing and discount for service members, veterans & military spouses. We recognize and appreciate your service, and we want to give back to you, just like you’ve given to us.
This special discount is for anyone who is serving, has served, or is a military spouse (Yes, military spouses are also especially equipped with skills and competencies that translate well into GRC roles!). GRC roles and jobs are available around the globe, and when paired with OCEG’s incredible network military spouses and veterans are able to find stable, rewarding opportunities in a location of their choosing.
OCEG’s Commitment to Veterans, Current Military Service Members, and Spouses
To honor your commitment to us, we’re providing all military members that use our discount with the unique opportunity to join OCEG’s Military Cohort. The Military Cohort will provide you with unique opportunities and connections to like-minded transitioning military professionals. The Military Cohort includes access to:
- Hands on training from Scott Mitchell, founder of OCEG
- Access to roundtable discussions with Veteran GRC professionals across the globe
- Early access to OCEG’s upcoming certification launches
- Access to a Slack group including OCEG founders, employees, veterans in GRC, and global GRC partners.
- Information including articles, webinars, and workshops that consider your military experiences and offer translation on how to leverage your gained skillsets
- Exclusive deals, events, and certification maintenance opportunities throughout the year
Join the Military Cohort today to jumpstart your career in GRC! Attend an informational session with Scott Mitchell & Dr. Destinee Prete to learn more!
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