Student veterans prepare for future careers

Dog Tags to Dollars helps student veterans with employment

By Allison Price
On April 10, 2014

Student Veterans can find the help they need with the five part employment workshop series, Dog Tags to Dollars. The workshops provide tools and information specifically for student veterans to find employment. The workshops are every Wednesday in April. The first two workshops were April 2 and 9.

The third workshop will be April 16 in the Nasworthy Suite of the UC (UC 203 and 204).

Dog Tags to Dollars is a collaboration of The Veterans Educational and Transitional Services (VETS) and Career Development.

"This is the first time we have done something like this," Veterans Outreach Coordinator Russ Baker said. "We want to help our student veterans because they have a different situation with their military experience."

Career Development Director Julie Ruthenbeck said the VETS center came up with the name of the workshops, and then both departments decided the details of when and where to have the meetings.

"Veterans come in with so many skill sets, and we want to help them translate those into civilian understanding," Ruthenbeck said.

Ruthenbeck said the first workshop focused on the personality type and natural preferences of each veteran. Career Development graduate assistant, Summer, helped the veterans looks at both sets of skills related to their military position as well as their natural skills.

 "We help them relate those skills to a career that they want to have in the future," Ruthenbeck said. "We then talk about how to practice resume writing skills, interviewing skills, job search skills and et cetera."

Baker said the second workshop focused on resume and cover letter writing, and the third will be about job interview tips. The fourth will be about managing the job search and job offers. The final session will be about business etiquette.

Ruthenbeck said five people attended the first session, but she hopes there will be more interest as word spreads and free lunch is also provided.

"We are putting the word out through various organizations," Baker said.

Different community groups have taken interest in Dog Tags to Dollars, such as the Texas Work Force and Goodfellow Air Force Base, Ruthenbeck said.

Baker said goodies are given out at each session, and those who attend all five of the workshops receive a USB flash drive in the shape of a dog tag.

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