Veteran students have unique skills and life experiences attractive to organizations. The leadership, discipline, sense of duty, and honor characteristic of those that serve in the military are qualities that distinguish veterans in the workplace. In addition, veterans acquire technical and teamwork skills, along with a proven ability to handle responsibility. Organizations specifically seek these attributes in the candidates they recruit and may even offer signing bonuses for veterans. You’ll find yourself right at home at UMD: See why College Factual ranks UMD, College Park as one of the best colleges for Veterans.
Despite their exceptional assets, veteran students can find navigating from military to civilian roles challenging. The process may seem without structure or clear directions, and it may not be obvious how skills gained in the military translate into a civilian job.
An increasing number of organizations have launched initiatives to hire more veterans. Many have created Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to help transition newly-hired veterans into the organization, and they may also partner with veteran support organizations. Veteran students researching potential organizations may want to find out about the existence of ERGs and any other efforts they may have made to address veteran needs and concerns.
Staff in the Center assist veteran students in making these connections. They can help clarify interests and articulate the transferable value of military and other prior experience. Login to Careers4Terps to request an appointment and discuss these issues with a career advisor.
Campus Programs and Resources
The Center works closely with the Office of Veteran Student Life to provide programming and career advising tailored to student veterans. The Center also hosts employer events intended to engage and recruit student veterans.
- Veteran Student Life - Find a sense of camaraderie on campus with fellow veterans.
- TerpVets - Grow your network and career opportunities by joining this veteran student organization.
- Veterans STEM Assistance Program - Stay on top of your Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math classes with tutors personalized for veteran students.
- Careeronestop - Identify your Military Occupational Code (MOC).
- Onetonline.org/crosswalk - Search for civilian jobs using your Military Occupational Code (MOC).
- Federaljobs.net - Find government jobs that give preference to veterans.
- USAJobs - Check out their special web page for veterans.
- Gogovernment.org - Learn great tips for applying for federal jobs.
- Military.com - Get all-around great advice for transitioning to the civilian working world.
- American Corporate Partners - a national NPO that matches student veterans with a year-long professional mentorship representing a wide range of industries.