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ConnectVETS focuses on transitioning today’s military to tomorrow’s workforce

shutterstock_137298617Recently we talked with Emily Garrity, co-founder and president of ConnectVETS. She shared helpful information about ConnectVETS, as well as resources available to help veterans as they transition from military to civilian life.

Tell us about ConnectVETS.

Chicago-based ConnectVETS is a national leader in providing online job search education and career transition resources for transitioning service members and veterans to facilitate military talent acquisition. The organization focuses on building the bridge between military veterans and employers. ConnectVETS was founded in 2007 to support the men and women who have served our country by connecting veterans with private sector employment opportunities. ConnectVETS is also active in the Illinois Joining Forces Initiative, where I serve as the employer engagement sub-committee chair in the employment and training working group.

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Step One in any career search: Know yourself

shutterstock_105088013Emily Drake, Employer Outreach Specialist with the National Louis University Veterans Program, shares important career search and networking tips for student veterans.

Knowing your audience is arguably one of the most important elements in any successful transaction — asking someone out on a date, negotiating a merger or acquisition in the board room, requesting a raise at work and, of course, determining how to approach a potential employer.

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Top 4 budgeting tips for student veterans

shutterstock_65639707Steve Goodwin, military veteran and Vice President and Senior Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley in Chicago — as well as a Chairman of the National Louis University Veteran’s Program Advisory Council — recently shared important budgeting tips for student veterans to keep in mind.

Military veterans have many transitions to make, including pursuing a college degree, when they return from active duty. Following a sound budgeting process can help to make the financial transition smoother, as well as identifying a military-friendly college or university. Below are some important steps to keep in mind for veterans returning to school.

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Tips for veterans for a successful college career … and beyond!

shutterstock_107196722Recently we spoke with Cynthia Rathunde, manager of veterans initiatives and special projects at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and asked her for tips to help student veterans complete their college degrees and pursue meaningful employment.

Rathunde is an eight-year Air Force veteran who used her GI Bill benefits to earn her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. Most recently, she worked at a higher education institution for six years as the veterans services coordinator, where she focused on veterans benefits, payment issues and streamlining the process for veterans.

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SVA conference: A student veteran’s perspective

shutterstock_122720824Last month the Student Veterans of America held their annual national conference in Scottsdale, AZ. A group of SVA of National Louis University members attended the conference. In the post below, Trevor Barr, a student veteran at NLU, shares his most memorable “takeaways” from the event and how he and his peers are going to act upon key conference learnings to support the veteran community. …

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Outreach USA connects military community with important spiritual resources

shutterstock_108233207Recently we talked with James Mukoyama, U.S. Army Major General (Retired, 1964-1995) and President of Military Outreach USA, who says that there are an estimated 400,000 veterans who will be returning to civilian life in the coming years, and we need more military-friendly institutions like National Louis University to reach them.

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FAQs for Student Veterans

shutterstock_100193363If you’re a military veteran thinking about starting or returning to college, you likely have many questions –- and might not know where to begin. National Louis University’s Veterans Program has made this step a bit easier for you by sharing a list of many frequently asked questions we receive from student veterans. This is the first of a few FAQ posts, so stay tuned for more!

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2014 SVA National Conference highlights important topics for student veterans: Days 3 & 4

shutterstock_115923901As mentioned in previous posts (Day 1 and Day 2), the Student Veterans of America (SVA) is holding its 2014 National Conference from January 2-5 in Scottsdale, AZ, with the theme of “Pioneering Social Change.” We shared the first and second days’ agendas, and now we are outlining the final days of the conference.

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Meet Matthew Allen, a student in the NLU veterans program

matthew allen 3Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in State College, PA, near Penn State University. My parents moved us away when I was in high school, and for a while I really was looking for some guidance. The military helped me find that, and now that I’m a student Veteran at National Louis University, I feel like I’ve got another strong advocate. I currently live in Morton Grove. I’m married with three children, ages 9 to 24.

In terms of my military background, in 1992 I entered a special program in the U.S. Army. I was part of artillery and rocket shooting fire missions. My work in the military is difficult to translate into a career in the civilian field. I was told the closest match for me would be as a cartographer, but that didn’t interest me.

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2014 SVA National Conference highlights important topics for student veterans: Day 2

shutterstock_125204504As mentioned in a previous post, the Student Veterans of America (SVA) is holding its 2014 National Conference from January 2-5 in Scottsdale, AZ, with the theme of “Pioneering Social Change.” We shared the first day’s agenda and now will share what will be discussed on Day 2 at the conference. Paul Knudtson, Director of Armed Services Relations for National Louis University’s Veterans Program, will be a panel member on the “Collaborative Communities: Creating a Coalition” panel, and he’ll blog about this opportunity after the conference.

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