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Citizen Soldier For Life Feature Story

Dear Vermont National Guard Members and Families,

As I was driving into the office today, it was the first time I had seen a really beautiful sunrise in what feels like months. The sunrise was the inspiration for this month’s topic. I was working with a younger RSP soldier who was wondering what to do for school and work and was telling me that he had many interests and had ability at almost anything; you know, one of those well rounded individuals. We got to talking about careers and higher education and I introduced him the term ‘Sunrise Industries.’ A Sunrise Industry is an industry that is new and growing, particularly in electronics, tech, and innovation. Learning this term is important because when you want to make a change for the better and begin a new career, you may want to think about what will be on the rise for the next 10 to 20 years. Although I would congratulate you getting a job at a Compact Disc factory, (CDs for you younger folks) for longevity, it doesn’t look good as we move into 2020 and beyond. One resource I would suggest looking at if you are flexible with your career aspirations is the Vermont Environmental Consortium’s website www.vermontgreencareers.org; a partnership with the Vermont Department of Labors’ initiatives to help people find work in “Green” careers like Solar, wind, and other energy efficient career paths. Alternative energy is the future and is not going away. This is a budding ‘Sunrise Industry’ that should lead to decades of great incomes, career growth, and provide meaning to your daily life, a similar feeling to serving your country as you help to innovate how we consume energy.

All of my best,

Nicholas A. Thomas

Citizen Soldier for Life Career Readiness Counselor

Office: (802) 338-3709

Cell: (802) 310-5391


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