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Transitioning from Billable Employee to an Executive Leader in National Security

Working a contract onsite as a billable employee can feel extremely disconnecting from the defense contractor you’re employed under. Burnout can run rampant as you rarely see the light of day while working in a SCIF. Corner offices of executive level leadership look attractive - they come with more sunlight, more responsibility, but even more rewards.

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