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Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP): A Great Story

Today we found this wonderful video from the Department of Veterans Affairs YouTube Channel. It tells a great story about how the VRAP program works for real people. Take a look:


Career Transition Options: Higher Education without the Classroom?

Many military to civilian career changers consider attending a college upon leaving the military. And why not, the unemployment and salary figures all support this as a generally good idea for finding a satisfying, well-paid career. Of course it takes time to complete a degree and money also. What's more, many students (adults in particular) with a LOT of life experiences and true knowledge (veterans, this must ring a bell) show up in class and think, "I know all of this."

Well now, if that's what you think, you have the chance to prove it at the University of Wisconsin. Here is what has happened: Wisconsin is now offering Bachelor's Degrees to students who can prove competency. How do you prove competency? A series of online tests! Wisconsin calls it the UW Flexible Option, and we call it a big opportunity for transitioning veterans.

Find out more at the article and the Wisconsin site.


5 Blog Posts for the Military to Civilian Career Transition

It's been a while since we rounded up some of the best posts in our archives for those in the military to civilian career transition process. Here are five of our favorites!

  • Companies that Hire Veterans: The Veteran's Advantage: Companies that hire veterans will find that veterans possess unique skills and experiences that make them not only great employees, but great colleagues. A career in the military is not your average career. Because of the military's unique working environment and mission, veterans acquire unique skills and qualities that employers desire - and that give them an advantage in a career search. Read more...
  • Veterans Career: Top 10 Federal Government Twitter Accounts to Follow: Here is a quick list of our 10 Favorite Federal Government Tweeters to follow for veteran career advice, employment opportunities, resources, information and more! Many of these tweeters also talk about other important topics for vets, too, giving you even more reason to follow them! Read more...
  • 5 Steps to a Great Career Change Resume: All good resumes showcases meaningful results by saying: "Here are the things I did. Here are the results we achieved, and this is why those results mattered." Furthermore, a career change resume has to make the case that your ability to achieve meaningful results--in other words, your value as a employee--is transferable to a new, perhaps an entirely new, situation. Read more...
  • Military to Civilian Transition: New Employment Initiatives for Veterans: The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS). Read more...
  • Grants and Scholarships for Veterans: You've served your country, now it's time to see what Uncle Sam can do for you. Well when it comes to getting your college degree, he can do a lot. There are millions of tax-free dollars available to veterans and their dependents, consider it a thank you for your service. Read more...



Personal Assessment for Military to Civilian Career Transitions

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Career success is an “inside-out” process. Whether you are a senior executive looking for new opportunities or a veteran in transition from a military career to the civilian workplace, if you dedicate yourself to a careful self-assessment before you launch your next job search, you will find yourself in an elite group of professionals who know what they want, know what they have to offer, and know where their careers are taking them.

Choosing a career that is both personally and financially rewarding depends on successfully completing a series of logical steps. These steps help you identify your:

  • Values
  • Personality type 
  • Work preferences
  • Motivated skills 

These four elements of personal assessment will help you focus your research and develop an effective job search strategy.



Best Cities for New Veterans 

After bouncing around the globe for years, many veterans struggle with the question of where to live when they leave the service. Home towns and areas with civilian friends and relatives are sure to draw many veterans, but it is also important to think about the locations where new veterans can find three of the most immediately useful things for them: job opportunities, educational options and reasonable cost of living.

As it happens, and and USAA have teamed up to find the 10 best places for new vets. Here is the list, but their article fills in the details on what makes these cities great.

  1. Pittsburgh
  2. Phoenix
  3. Dallas
  4. Cleveland
  5. Atlanta 
  6. Warren, Mich.  
  7. Ann Arbor, Mich. 
  8. Cincinnati 
  9. Columbus, Ohio  
  10. St. Louis


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