Career Guide for Student Veterans at the University of Michigan
Welcome to Michigan! The University Career Center is committed to being a partner to our student veterans. We look forward to helping you prepare for your next steps after Michigan and to help you build on the skills you have already gained through your experiences.
You're already coming to U-M with strong skills, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming to decide on your career goals and to translate your experiences to a civilian audience. Don't worry- we're here for you for your career exploration and preparation.
Below are some veteran specific links that will help you get started. If other questions arise, look at our additional resources on our websites or schedule an appointment online to meet with one of our career coaches.
For additional information regarding being a student veteran at The University of Michigan, visit the Veteran and Military Services website.
Table of Contents:
- DEVELOPING A “CIVILIAN-FRIENDLY” RESUME
- EXPLORING CIVILIAN OPTIONS
- JOB AND INTERNSHIP SEARCH RESOURCES FOR VETERANS
- PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND NETWORKING GROUPS
- OPPORTUNITIES RELATED TO GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL
DEVELOPING A “CIVILIAN-FRIENDLY” RESUME
To be competitive for jobs and internships outside of the military, you will need to translate your military experiences and skills to civilian terms on your resume. Regardless of your specific profession in the military, you developed and strengthened marketable skills for a civilian workplace.
- To start, read this short article by The Muse on how to write a military-to-civilian resume
- Review the “Resume Resources” page of the University Career Center website for general resume tips and to begin a draft.
- Get Feedback- Undergraduates at U-M can upload their resume to vmock.com/michigan for on-demand, personalized feedback.
- All student veterans can email firstname.lastname@example.org to be asked to set up for a 1-on-1 appointment with a coach experienced in working with students with military experience.
EXPLORING CIVILIAN OPTIONS
- Use career assessment tools to help you when choosing a major or career. Check out MyNextMove for quick and free tools to explore options.
- Take an assessment at the University Career Center. We offer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) for a cost of $20 each for students and recent graduates. The CliftonStrengths assessment is offered for $11.99. Scholarships are available.
Research How Your Experience Translates to Civilian Roles
- Match your military skills and experiences to civilian occupations using the Military-to-Civilian Occupation Translator from CareerOneStop
- MyNextMove, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, has a tool to help you translate your military assignments into civilian occupations.
- Obtain your Verification of Military Experience and Training Document from the DoD Transition Assistance Program. This document lists your military job experience and training history, recommended college credit information, and civilian equivalent job titles.
- Find other veterans who went to U-M on UCAN to learn about their pathways. Type “veteran” in the keyword search to begin identifying student veteran alumni.
- Make an appointment with a University Career Center career coach to explore options.
View the “Getting started/explore” page of the University Career Center Website for general information about exploring interests and career options.
JOB AND INTERNSHIP SEARCH RESOURCES FOR VETERANS
Below are links to veteran specific job boards. During your job and internship search process, it's not a good idea to rely only on job boards, but they can be a good resource when used effectively. Use them to understand: who is hiring? For what position? Where?
While you can still apply to those positions through the job boards, keep in mind that it would still be a good idea to contact the company directly regarding the position and keep networking as an important part of your strategy.
- Student Veterans of America's Job Portal
- National Labor Exchange Veteran Friendly Employers
- Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency List of Veteran Friendly Employer
- Veteran Job Mission Coalition
- Recruit Military
- Hire A Hero
- Hire Heroes USA
- USAJobs.gov (Federal Hiring), Help for Vets with Federal Hiring is through FedsHireVets
- Job Opportunities for Veterans with Disabilities
Interested in starting your own business? The Small Business Administration has a page devoted to entrepreneurial vets interested in starting their own business.
Schedule a “Job Search” appointment with the University Career Center to meet with a career coach and strategize your search.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND NETWORKING GROUPS
Joining groups can be beneficial for many reasons including support, networking, resource sharing, learning, and potential job opportunities. Below are a few groups and networking pages to consider joining. Also consider looking for groups associated with your branch.
OPPORTUNITIES RELATED TO GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL
- VA’s Guide to Using GI Benefits for Graduate Degrees
- U-M’s Information on Benefits and Aid for Student Veterans
- Note: this information is specific for those applying to graduate school at U-M. Look for similar pages at other schools to which you are applying or contact the school directly.
- Scholarships for Veterans and their Families
Visit our Applying to Graduate School page for more details about picking a program and applying.
Resources and links are included due to their potential interest to students. Inclusion of a resource does not imply school endorsement of the particular organization, opportunity or resource described.