The Challenge for Veterans in Tech

It’s Armed Forces Day this weekend, and we think it’s important to give a big shout out to veterans, and to those that support veterans, as they exit the military and enter into new careers.

It’s not an easy task to start a new career after serving in the military.

Did you know that “nearly one-third of [military] veteran job-seekers experienced ‘underemployment,’ or employment below their objective experience and/or skill level – a number 15.6% greater than non-veterans” accordingly to a report released by ZipRecruiter and the Call of Duty Endowment?

That seems crazy, but at the same time not surprising. It’s disappointing to see some of the most qualified contributors to our workforce also struggle greatly to finding meaningful employment.

A lot of the challenge comes from difficulties in communicating the transferable and applicable skills from military lingo to civilian speak. This communication barrier is where organizations and companies are working with veterans for a smoother transition.

Here are the programs and organizations that we’d like to recognize for helping military veterans with their transition to a career in civilian life.

Businesses Providing Internal Veteran Programs
  • Accenture Veteran Technology Training Program – Transition to a career in technology with help from Accenture’s unique training program for military service members and veterans who want to pursue a career in technology and software engineering. The Accenture Veteran Technology Training Program is a two-month training program that will equip veterans with the technical skills they need to position themselves for employment as an Entry Level Software Engineering Associate with Accenture.
  • Amazon’s Veteran Apprenticeship program – Amazon’s apprenticeship program is best matched for individuals with military experience in communications, intelligence, and cyber-security. If selected, you’ll receive 8-24 weeks of full-time training in high-demand technical skills, followed by 12 months of paid on-the-job training. As you learn, you will receive 10% compensation increases throughout the 12-month period and industry-recognized certifications. After your 12 months of paid on-the-job training, you’ll be a journey-worker and you’re guaranteed an interview for a full-time Amazon role.
  • IBM Veteran Program – IBM’s Veterans Employment Initiative provides software training, certification and job placement assistance to veterans pursuing careers as data analysts. IBM experts lead five-day training sessions at dozens of locations each year, featuring IBM i2® Analyst’s Notebook® software. Part of their Impact Grants portfolio, the initiative works with Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCNN) to host sessions and recruit qualified participants. The program has certified hundreds of veterans in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, and helped to place many into jobs. Veterans interested in learning how their skills and experience may fit at IBM can use the Watson Candidate Assistant, which matches credentials from your resume to open IBM positions. They can learn more about opportunities on their Veteran Job Board and more about the New Collar Job initiative.
  • LinkedIn’s Veterans ProgramLinkedIn is proud to support those who have served, and this year, they’re encouraging people to rethink how we honor our veterans. They believe that while your past is honorable, your future is even brighter. As you launch the next stage of your career, they’re offering eligible military and veteran members one year of free access to LinkedIn Premium Subscriptions including their LinkedIn Learning Platform.
  • Salesforce’s VetForce program – Vetforce is the Salesforce job training and career accelerator program for military service members, veterans, and spouses. Through their online community, they connect their members to free training, classes, and career opportunities within the Salesforce ecosystem.
  • Microsoft’s Software and Systems Academy – an 18-week (or two 9-week terms) training for high-demand careers in cloud development, cloud administration, cybersecurity administration, or database and business intelligence administration. Program graduates gain an interview for a full-time job at Microsoft or one of our hiring partners.
Training Programs for Veterans
  • BreakLine Education – Their programs provide education and support to help you pivot into your post-military career. BreakLine is an education and employment company that builds an affordable path to compelling careers. Their programs combine skills-based training with professional networking and connect participants directly with hiring managers. BreakLine participants find employment opportunities commensurate with their experience and potential, and their partners access a new pipeline of exceptional applicants.
  • Code Platoon – Code Platoon is a 501(c)3 non-profit that helps veterans transition into the civilian workforce by providing technical training and career placement. For 14 weeks the students are immersed in learning the full Ruby on Rails stack, including Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. No previous programming skills are required. After completing the program veterans will be hireable as a junior full-stack web developer and eligible for an internship.
  • Dolce Center for the Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers – Dedicated to helping you achieve your educational and career aspirations. Led by Air Force Veteran Andy McCarty, CAVS aims to eliminate the gap between education and employment. This is a really great article about the work they’re doing.
  • PsychArmor Institute – PsychArmor is the only national institute of its kind, dedicated to bridging the military-civilian divide through FREE ONLINE EDUCATION. Additionally, PsychArmor provides a Support Center staffed with mental health experts that are ready to support you.
  • Syracuse University’s Onward to Opportunity program – A free, comprehensive career training, certification and employment program designed to launch you into your next career with over 30 industry-recognized career tracks and courses. Transitioning service members, veterans and military families can benefit from this unique military employment pipeline with direct connections to career-path counseling, job-ready training and access to over 400 brand name employers.
  • Tech Qualled – They believe that enhancing the lives of military veterans will bring greater prosperity to everyone. We do not believe that placing; recruiting; or simply finding jobs for them is the right answer. In 2015, they set out to uncover new, innovative ways to affect the outcomes and opportunities afforded to the veteran community. Additionally, they identified the high technology space as being an incredibly undermanned industry due to unprecedented growth.
  • Vetsin Tech – VetsinTech supports current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment – the 3E’s!

LinkedIn has reported that “veteran unemployment rates are decreasing, per their data, and the demand for hiring veterans on LinkedIn continues to increase, rising by 3.8% since this time last year.”

Let’s keep working on this together as a community.

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