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New UC website to help veterans transition to civilian career

In a recent LinkedIn post, President Napolitano wrote about the pressing matter of military veterans returning to civilian life — a process that as many as 1 million men and women are expected to go through in the next five years. Some will make the transition easily. Others will find adjusting harder. Finding a job is one of the most challenging aspects.

To address these needs, UC has launched a new website that assists military veterans in transitioning to the civilian workforce, accessing the university’s jobs board, and learning about campus career and networking events.

The university counts numerous veterans among its diverse workforce, and UC enrolls more than 2,000 veteran and military status students.

“For many returning from military service, colleges and universities can supply the building blocks that empower them to build meaningful careers, ensure themselves and their families a financially stable future, and achieve socio-economic mobility,” writes President Napolitano. And UC is “committed to making those building blocks accessible to students from all walks of life and helping them succeed long after they leave campus.”

As part of its commitment to serve those who have served, UC campuses offer a variety of resources, from priority class registration to peer mentoring to veterans clubs where veterans and their families can connect. A Veterans Resources website launched in 2015 is dedicated to helping those students navigate campus life.

The new website serves as a one-stop shop where veterans can easily access UC’s systemwide jobs search website and learn about the university’s salaries and benefits, professional development programs, and upcoming career and networking events.

In addition, the website provides tips on resume writing, networking and interviewing, and corrals other non-UC resources that offer career guidance.

“Military veterans have unique skills and experiences that can serve them well in the civilian workforce, and there are countless opportunities they can pursue at UC,” said Vice President Dwaine B. Duckett of systemwide Human Resources. “This is one of many first and foundational steps in ensuring we are sourcing talent from this key constituency — veterans — in our community.”

The website grew out of a series of recommendations from the systemwide UC Veterans Workgroup, which formed in 2015 to improve the experience of veterans working as academic appointees and staff at the university. The workgroup includes veteran employees and Human Resources staff.

Read President Napolitano’s full LinkedIn post about military veterans.

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