Workforce Readiness Alignment: The Relationship Between Job Preferences, Retention, and Earnings


This paper focuses on testing propositions related to workforce readiness by examining the relationship between job preferences, military conferred skills, and a variety of outcome measures including retention, income, and perceptions about transition. Using self-reported data collected from veterans who transitioned from the military and are working in civilian jobs, our analysis demonstrates that the application of the skills gained in the military and securing employment in a desired career field are two critical factors in the transition process for both veterans and their employers.

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