In the military, you don’t need a resume. You don’t interview for jobs. Your career path is defined.

When we separated from the military, we realized how challenging the transition to a civilian career can be.  After reading too many articles about the high unemployment rate among veterans, we pursued an independent study project at Wharton in order to learn why the unemployment rate is so high, what existing programs are available for veterans, and what else can be done to help veterans transition.

Through our research, we uncovered a lot of helpful information for veterans and transitioning service members. We believe that every vet has the ability to reach his or her career aspirations. We created Switch to supports vets in their transition to civilian life and new careers by sharing relevant resources and our experiences.


~ Dan & Lisa

Dan Pick was a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, deploying to Iraq in 2006 and 2007. Now, he’s a consultant leading process improvement projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Penn State, earned his commission from Penn State’s Navy ROTC program, and is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He’s also a Project Management Professional. Dan enjoys traveling, running, completing triathlons, playing guitar, and volunteering in the community.

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Lisa Nagorny was a Navy officer, completing two tours with E2-C Hawkeye squadrons and a deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan.  Lisa served as a managing editor for Essay101.com – an essay evaluation company specializing in college admissions and SAT prep consulting and is now a strategy consultant.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke, earned her commission through Duke’s Navy ROTC program, and is a candidate at the Wharton School’s MBA for Executives program. In her free time, Lisa enjoys running, cooking, and traveling.

Photos taken by Denis Dobson Studio www.denisdobson.com



  1. Good stuff, Dan & Lisa!

    Will stay posted and forward on to those who can use it!!

  2. Dan & Lisa- As an enlisted veteran who used the GI Bill to earn my BS I can honestly say that the information provided on this site is extremely straightforward and useful to transitioning veterans! I look forward to helping to direct traffic to the site…

  3. Dan & Lisa,
    As a Naval Officer veteran now working for a Military to Civilian Career Transition Firm I wanted to thank you for putting together such a site with great information. If you are intersted in knowing more about the firm I work with it’s, Alliance Careers: http://www.alliance-careers.com

  4. Dan and Lisa – I plan to put a link on the Veterans on Wall Street website this is really great info and very well put together. BZ. Ellen

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