VCTP: In-Demand Training for Professional Growth – How you can take advantage of the next IVMF opportunity

Written by Laura Cooper, Maithreyee Dubé, and Jim Schock

VCTP.JPMC Stacked Logo #3Did you miss the VCTP application window for the January 2017 cohort? The application opened at 8:30 a.m. EST.  The application closed around 12:30 p.m. EST – within four hours of the application opening.

What could cause such a massive influx of applications?  The Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP) offers online courses accessible from any location.  Participants have the opportunity to gain an understanding and insight into corporate culture of civilian business, government and other employment opportunities.  VCTP is operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and is delivered at no cost to post-9/11 veterans and near-transition active duty service members, as well as their spouses, and paid for in entirety by a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. It’s an incredible opportunity for those seeking a post-military life career!

In a recent research study by the IVMF and supported by the Google Global Impact Award, 55% of respondents indicated the most significant transition challenge from military to civilian life is finding a job. Through programs like VCTP, we aim to mitigate that challenge. More than 50% of VCTP graduates feel their employment situation was improved by their participation in the VCTP. Respondents indicated they secured employment, obtained a better job or got a promotion, saw an increase in their salary, or pursued higher education as a result of their participation in the program. In 2015, more than 30% of program graduates decided to pursue an industry level certification by way of the program as well.

So we can understand why folks are anxious to begin this program. Don’t worry! Those who are eligible for the program and did miss the recent application window can apply to the next cohort. Even after transition, your one-day of active duty service post 9/11 maintains your eligibility. There’s always “next time” as well as some other terrific IVMF resources you can look into while you wait for the next cohort to begin.

The April 2017 cohort application is scheduled to open on January 4, 2017. (This reminds me of applicants preparing to meet the deadline for a graduate school application!) Already know you want to apply on January 4th? Have the following items ready:

  • DD214 or SOS
  • Current resume
  • URL to your LinkedIn profile

All these items and more can be reviewed on the pre-application checklist.

Before January 4th arrives, you can check out other IVMF programs such as Onward to Opportunity (O2O) for active duty military and spouses at select locations around the country. O2O brings civilian career training to eligible service members up to six months prior to transition date and any active duty military spouse. O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong employer partnerships, and comprehensive career coaching and placement services to match program candidates with civilian job opportunities through Hire Heroes USA.

Looking for other career related resources? The IVMF Job Search Lab has 13 custom videos aimed at job search strategies for veterans to include career and industry overviews, elevator pitch prep, interviewing skills, resume and cover letter techniques, networking, negotiating jobs offers, and much more.

The IVMF also offers a portfolio of entrepreneurship programs for those who may be thinking of starting a business – from those who are just starting to think about small business ownership to other who may have an existing business but looking to grow it.

So although the VCTP application window has come and gone for the January 2017 cohort, there are plenty of other opportunities through the IVMF to start taking steps in the right direction toward your post-military career. Just ask us how we can help you! We have a dedicated team of enrollment coordinators ready to answer your questions. Please reach us at Connect with us on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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