In the US, 53% of separating post-9/11 veterans will face a period of unemployment. And unemployment among vets can be even worse at the local level, making a deep understanding of regional opportunities especially important when transitioning back into the civilian workforce.
Earlier this year, this need inspired EMSI to release a new Career Coach feature that maps military occupation codes (MOC) to standard occupation codes (SOC), helping veterans identify civilian careers that are similar to specific jobs held in the military. Career Coach also allows vets to view local data about careers and visualize how those opportunities sync up with their college’s education programs.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, here are some stories about how colleges have successfully used this new feature to help veteran students identify opportunities and the education programs that can get them there.
How the Veteran Center at Fayetteville Tech Uses Career Coach
The veteran’s center at Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina uses Career Coach’s MOC to SOC mapping to help students identify civilian career paths. “I use Career Coach in our veteran’s center to show how our veterans can evaluate what might be good choices for future employment based off their path in the military,” said Director of Veterans Services Matt Thewes.
But so much more about Career Coach is valuable to these students, added Thewes: “Although having the military occupation search and a civilian equivalent alone do not paint the entire picture, when viewed with other data, we can then see what degrees or specialized training is required for those careers. The end result is a better guide for our students since our FTCC degrees are linked to the careers we search.”
How Joliet Junior College Plans to Use This Feature
Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois, is also excited to dive into this data for veteran students.
“I think it will be a valuable tool for veterans who are transitioning from the military to education,” said Veterans Coordinator Cheryl Hlavac. “Students have expressed in the past that it is difficult to translate their military duties into an educational and career path. I am excited to begin exploring the tool with our students.”
If you have questions about this update, want it added to your Career Coach site, or would like to learn more about Career Coach, please email Char Scheibe. Follow EMSI on Twitter (@DesktopEcon) or check us out on LinkedIn and Facebook.