These veteran job programs help military members transition into the workplace after service

These veteran job programs help military members transition into the workplace after service

Veteran employment outlook improving, but still needs work Heroes need hiring. About 1,300 military service members, spouses and children transition into civilian communities every day, according to the Department of Defense. And just one in four veterans said they had a job lined up after discharge, while others have said it can take up to a year to find employment. What’s worse, more than 800,000 veterans are unemployed. “Veterans face a new beginning when returning from service, and they must cultivate a new career path. For too many veterans, accessing a skill that can produce value is challenging,” Christopher Neiweem, the founder of Iraq War Veteran American Veterans Policy Network (AVPN), told FOX Business. One in four veterans struggle to find jobs. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) Neiweem says he’s seen more veterans utilize and leverage their GI Bill benefits to attend public colleges and seek opportunities in fields like aviation as helicopter pilots, where starting salaries are as high as $80,000 a year. PayScale compiled a list of the highest-paying jobs based on information veterans provided in an employment survey. Management consultant topped the list, with a median annual salary of $98,100, and IT project manager with a median annual salary of $81,000. What’s more, military members say their service has helped them with managing money. Indeed, a recent study from the Pew Research Center found that 68 percent of post-9/11 veterans with combat experience said their service helped them financially, versus 30 percent of per-9/11 combat veterans. A number of veteran transition assistance programs are designed to help veterans develop skills like writing a resume, interview for potential jobs, write cover letters and enroll in college or educational programs once they’re ready to rejoin the workforce. Here are some ways vets can seek employment opportunities after service. About […]

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