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Johns Hopkins is leading the charge against good jobs for land veterinarians

By Vaseline May30,2024

It’s no secret that the transition from military service to civilian life presents significant challenges.

For most, it’s a culture shock, to say the least, as we move from a world where we know our role, where we fit into the hierarchy and know exactly what is expected of us, to a world where all that is much less clear . . We also lose the sense of camaraderie that we have experienced and that simply cannot be replicated in the civilian world because it is forged in face and death.

The military is a completely different world.

But contrary to popular belief, veterans bring much more than just the ability to fight and follow orders.

Military service places us in leadership positions significantly earlier than our civilian counterparts, and we routinely face a broader range of more intense challenges. And the military is taking responsibility to a level most people have never seen. If you want to get an idea of ​​how far we go with this, ask a veteran to tell a story about some of their after-action reports. The level of scrutiny applied to analyze every single decision, both good and bad, in an effort to improve performance will amaze you.

As veterans, we become accustomed to operating in the midst of chaos and under immense pressure. We are uniquely positioned to be several steps ahead of the average person and can remain calm, cool and collected during strategy and action, especially when quick decisions need to be made. After all, we live by the principles of ‘Adapt, Improvise and Overcome’.

As a veteran, I obviously know these things, and while in the past many civilians did not, that has been changing over the past twenty years following our involvement in the global war on terror.

Today, many employers and universities understand the unique value our nation’s veterans provide and are specifically seeking them out.

The internationally recognized Johns Hopkins University is one of the organizations leading this initiative. The university recently launched a campaign to recruit veterans into their master’s level real estate and infrastructure program, giving them a solid career path in the real estate industry.

This program goes well beyond buying and selling homes and delves deep into the business side of the sector, covering commercial real estate, finance, agriculture, new construction and infrastructure.

The goal, according to program director and professor Seydina Fall, was to combine a comprehensive real estate curriculum with the unique character traits and skills of veterans, bringing the next round of powerful real estate professionals into the industry. Seydina Fall, who oversees this program behind the scenes, says Johns Hopkins University wanted to specifically involve veterans because it is a way to give back to those who have given so much to our country, and because their skills, experience and character traits are incredible. valuable to their future employers.

“The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University is, as the name implies, a business school, so while we teach some of the technical skills that employers need in their employees, we also put a lot of emphasis on the soft skills that help them move up come. , make more money and have a bigger impact in the world. And we have a board of advisors made up of executives from some of the most successful companies in the world, so we can hear firsthand exactly what they are looking for in their employees.”

He continues: “Some of the character traits these employers are looking for are courage, initiative and leadership. Especially leadership, which they say is a lot harder to find these days.

Fall explains, “That’s why we chose to specifically look for veterans for our program. They have stronger leadership skills and are often placed in leadership roles much earlier than their civilian counterparts. And it goes without saying that the stakes are much higher in a military environment than in the civilian world, so their lead ship skills are ‘tested’ in some of the toughest scenarios imaginable. Employers can leverage that to build more capable and dynamic teams.”

As a veteran, I understand the importance of education in part because it was constantly drilled into our heads in the military. When there was downtime, a commissioned officer (or NCO) would conduct an informal class on topics our fellow service members needed to know to be successful. This obviously included topics that directly apply to our jobs in the military, but it also included basic life skills such as personal finance, nutrition, and others.

That said, one of the most valuable parts of building a successful career even after you get out of the military is still education – and that means continuing to learn beyond your initial training. Things are constantly changing in every industry, and staying ahead of the curve means staying on top of those changes. This is what Johns Hopkins University is trying to solve with their new program. Fall says the university’s mission here is to help more veterans achieve financially rewarding careers by providing an initial foundation in their education to put them on the right track, and then by providing ongoing continuing education to help them help them stay at the top of their game.

Unfortunately, many people don’t focus on education, and that hurts them financially. For example, while I’m not a real estate professional myself, I’ve discovered that there are a shocking number of real estate agents who don’t even understand their own industry. One example I have seen firsthand and heard countless stories about from other veterans is the fact that most real estate agents have no idea how the VA mortgage program even works. For veteran homebuyers like me, this is critical.

The university is hosting an event on June 25, 2024 with four of today’s top real estate experts, and aims to help its students prepare for a career in the sector while providing an educational opportunity for anyone interested in the sector. Experts speaking on the panel include:

  • Jason Anderson, real estate agent, founder of VeteranPCS and military veteran
  • Lori Greymont, real estate investor, developer and host of the real estate reality TV show Funding Faceoff

  • Dr. David Phelps, nationally recognized expert in finance and real estate, and
  • Kim Kiyosaki, real estate investor, developer and co-founder of the Rich Dad Company

Together they discuss the current real estate market and economy, what you can expect in the coming years and what you can do to remain successful in this challenging landscape.

I had the opportunity to interview the panelists about the event, and this is what they had to say:

Jason Anderson, an Army veteran, says, “Drastic changes in the real estate market in recent years have brought new and dynamic challenges for the investment-minded homebuyer, but with challenging times also come new opportunities. Understanding market trends and unique negotiation tactics can reveal a wide range of possibilities. Getting an education and staying educated are critical to taking your next step, and I love that Johns Hopkins University is putting veterans at the forefront of that mission because I believe veterinarians are uniquely qualified in so many ways.

Lori Greyment said, “I have a special place in my heart for veterans, so I love what Johns Hopkins University is doing here, and I was excited to support this effort. I’ve worked with many different types of people, but the work ethic, adaptability, and dedication I see in veterans puts them in a completely different league than most people. I’m also excited because of the positive impact that getting more vets into the real estate industry will have on the industry as a whole.

Dr. David Phelps says, “Veterans have already built in a discipline and work ethic that is missing in today’s workforce, so I think the challenging environment of real estate is perfect for veterans. They have an affinity with it, they are more mature and they have already lived in difficult situations. Ultimately, they get up every day and go after it. The character traits that veterans bring are great assets for employers.”

Kiyosaki said, “One of the most important things a real estate professional can do today is get an education and continue to study. Learn as much as you can now. Prepare now for what is to come. There are so many factors in the real estate world that are changing at a rapid pace, and with these changes there will be winners and losers. I believe there will be many opportunities for those who are prepared and can take advantage of them. Those who are more comfortable in chaotic and difficult environments, such as we see in today’s real estate market, will thrive – and no one is better at operating in environments like these than our veterans. This mission will deliver tremendous value to the real estate industry.”

The truth is that we have been experiencing falling interest rates and cheap money for the past forty years. With inflation, interest rates, unemployment and several other factors coming into play, we are entering territory that few are familiar with. In the coming years we can expect things to be different, and while this will be a challenge for most, there are real opportunities for those who understand how to work on a long-term plan. This, in my opinion, is another area where veterans excel because during our military service we had to continually hone our ability to adapt, improvise, and overcome.

Johns Hopkins University is building an environment to empower its students, armed with insights from experts who have lived through a range of economic situations.

I believe the knowledge shared at the event will reach far beyond the campus itself, allowing the community to learn from those who have been here before, thereby helping veterans build successful and financially rewarding careers after their service . As a veteran, that is a mission I can get behind.

If you are interested in attending this free event, please register here:


Adam Vogel is an Army veteran and serial entrepreneur focused on supporting the veteran entrepreneurial community. He currently runs several businesses and hosts a podcast titled The Decision Hour, where he shares the journey of veterans and outlines the lessons learned from their experiences.

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