Just a short while ago I was laser-focused on passing the CFA Level III exam. Then suddenly, it was all over.

I passed.

While I am grateful that I do not have to go through the exams and everything they entailed again, I miss the “laser-focus” and structured learning that the exam process provided.

Now I am changing gears once again and I have something new to focus on.

10 February 2017 will be the last day I ever have to don the uniform of the U.S. Army.

The last time ever!

This may not seem like a big deal to most people, but I have been wearing this uniform for essentially my entire adult life. While I have moved more times than I care to count during the past two decades, this move is different. Instead of telling me where I will go, the Army will let me move to wherever I want, and I don’t know exactly where I am going just yet.

My new focus is on starting my next career, which will determine my new location. Changing over to a new career is a full-time occupation.

For the past month, I have been conducting informational interviews, researching companies, applying for positions, and networking. My biggest takeaway from the transition process thus far is that people are incredibly helpful. Most of the emails I have sent out have been answered and every answered email has eventually been followed up with a phone call and a wealth of information.

Hopefully, I will know where I am going soon. The 10th of February is coming up quick.

Until then, I will keep working my transition process.