Are you a military veteran and a recent college graduate? Are you looking for employment but not sure where to look? Your military background and college education will serve you well in the workforce, but obviously you’re already aware of some obstacles that are presented to college graduates, even if they’re veterans. Some employers look specifically for people with military skills and experiences. But finding these jobs can be challenging if you don’t know where to look. Below, we outline many different options military veterans with college degrees can explore. It’s a great way to get started on finding the job you’re best suited for.
With a college degree and military experience in tow, it’s time to find a job that suits your skills and interests. Hopefully, you earned a degree in a field that you’re passionate about and want to fully maximize. If not however, at least you have a leg-up on other college graduates by also having military experience and an ardent focus on starting a career. Either way, many industries are looking for you and you have the power to choose your path! Being a military veteran and college graduate provides accreditation in two distinct fields, which immediately differentiates yourself from the wide field of applicants for just about any position.
Below are just a few of the many industries looking to hire military veterans:
There are many other industries that hire military veterans. Social service agencies, schools, government organizations, and many more want your level of experience and background. Additionally, the discipline you can provide is a great resource for different industries, partly because of the rigor it allows to be applied to any profession. If you’re in need of help finding a job, it’s important to remember you can always contact placement services whose explicit purpose is to help place military veterans into jobs. Your service to our country is invaluable and what you learned while in the military will be of great help to many employers in many different industries.
Searching for a job after the military can be difficult in today’s economy, especially if your separation date changes. That’s why working on your resume in advance and attending job fairs (when possible) is incredibly important. You want to have your resume ready to go at any given time in case you enter the workforce a little earlier than planned.
Resume writing takes time and creating a really good resume requires even more work, but the payoff is worth it. A resume creates a first impression with an employer so make sure to highlight all of your achievements, in the military and otherwise. If you’re transitioning from the military to the private sector, you’ll need to translate your military skills to the civilian workforce. Not all employers will understand the acronyms and jargon used in combat or training. Many websites and military career services offer resume writing workshops and other useful job-searching seminars that help vets find work.
Many vets have technical skills that are useful in a variety of industries so when writing your resume, don’t sell yourself short. You have what it takes to secure a job in today’s job market, but getting a foot in the door starts with a good resume. And knowing how to translate your military skills for work in today’s growing industries is key. Selling your skills to employers will help you stand out. (And if you decide to attend college after the military, you’ll learn how to develop a marketable skill set!)
Vets have many marketable qualifications, some of which may include:
If you’re a college graduate, take advantage of your school’s career center or set up an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your options. They have access to career databases and other useful tools to help you find the job of your dreams.