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January 20, 2015

The Skills You Need to Succeed

The Skills You Need to Succeed

Written by: Jenny Hale15753054027_0a04626bf5_z

Soldiers are some of the most highly trained and skilled individuals. Yet, when it comes to transitioning out of the military, the struggle to find civilian jobs with a military skill-set becomes difficult.

Veterans hold fundamental skills from their military training:

  •  Honesty
  •  Leadership
  • Loyalty
  • Teamwork
  • Respect
  • Pride

Veterans also hold future career skills such as:

  • Communications knowledge
  • Security tactics
  • Information gathering
  • Medical training
  • Security clearances

According to Time, the unemployment rate for young veterans age 18-24 was 20.4 percent in 2012. 33.8 percent of our veterans have been unemployed for over a year. 17 percent have been unemployed for over two years.

VCTPlogoThe problem is that employers do not see the benefit of hiring veterans returning from military service. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University operates created the Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP) to combat that problem.

With over 30 certification programs offered ranging from Microsoft skills to web design and IT security fundamentals to human resources, VCTP’s three career tracks help veterans gain the skills needed to become competitive in the civilian career market. The courses are completely free and available to any post-9/11 veteran who is currently in transition or who is already separated from the military. Spouses of an eligible veteran are also able to access the program without cost.

The Professional Skills Track teaches veterans how to look for jobs, write resumes and cover letters, as well as learn computer skills such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The Tech Track teaches veterans how to start their information technology, operations or human resources career. For careers that require industry certification, IVMF will pay the graduate’s associated exam fees for industry certification, where applicable.

Finally, the Independent Study Track  is for employed veterans who need additional certification to continue to succeed in their chosen industry. This track offers 25 courses of your choice over six months to teach professional development in HR, operations, and IT skills. leadership, IT skills, accounting and finance.

For more information on other programs available through the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, visit our website at

Jenny Hale is currently a Public Relations graduate student at the Newhouse School of Public Communications. Hale is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management with degrees in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Her minor is in Native American Studies. Hale has spent time volunteering at the VA Hospital and is an active military and veteran supporter. She is currently a public relations and marketing intern at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 

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