The Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration welcomes all veterans and active duty military personnel and is committed to creating an environment of professional and career development for all students. We want all who have served and continue to serve this nation to know that the University of Tennessee and the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration are places where our student veterans can succeed and achieve. We have included relevant career topics below, if you would like to discuss your career development in light of your service please schedule an appointment with the center.
When applying for internships or employment, there are a number of questions to ask in your search for a welcoming workplace:
- Are there any additional employment resources available to me as a veteran?
- The Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration hosts a spreadsheet that lists local veteran-friendly companies, upcoming events, and useful resources.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a Veterans Employment Toolkit with information about veterans employment centers, federal employment, and entrepreneurship.
- MyNextMove is a veteran resource that provides career exploration resources to search for interesting careers, browse by industry, or find careers that are similar to military jobs.
- Specific career programs based on field of interest including teaching, construction, environmental work, welding, plumbing, finance.
- How do I know if a company is veteran-friendly?
- How can I best prepare to enter the civilian workforce?
- Watch the Center for Career Development & Academic Transitions video playlist on Lynda.com with courses on how to translate your military skills to the civilian workplace and how to use LinkedIn as a veteran.
- Indicate your veteran status on your Handshake profile to receive notice of employers seeking out veteran candidates in your field of study
- Prepare a resume that clearly communicates your military experience in civilian language
- O*Net Military Crosswalk Search is a database of military occupational classifications, listing associated tasks, tools, technology, and skills needed to perform in the position. These summaries can be beneficial when forming a resume, translating military duties to civilian tasks.
- Resume Writing Tips for veterans
- Build a network of professionals and mentors
- LinkedIn provides veterans with 1-year free access to a premium job seeker account and additional tips on how to use LinkedIn as a veteran. Additionally, they offer suggestions for training courses through Lynda. As a student at the University of Tennessee, you have unlimited free access to Lynda, and may take as many courses as you wish- check out LinkedIn’s suggested business courses and training and then log-in through MyUTK to find them on Lynda.com.
- American Corporate Partners Mentoring Program seeks to connect veteran protégés with corporate mentors for a yearlong mentorship-based on career objectives and professional experiences.