MSU Career Services knows that the transition from military to civilian life is sometimes marked by a lack of understanding on the part of civilian employers as to the ways a military background can translate readily into many workplace environments.
We stand with you, ready to support your pursuit of securing a satisfying “next step.” Make an appointment with a career advisor through Handshake to identify employers who value military experience, create a civilian-friendly resume, and more.
Visit the MSU Student Veterans Resource Center to learn more about resources and services designed for student veterans.
Connect with a career advisor to learn more about:
- Assessing your skills and professional interests
- Including your experience as a student veteran on your professional documents (resume, cover letters)
- Gaining additional experience through internships, part-time work, and other professional development opportunities
- Developing a job search strategy, including identifying employers who value military experience
- Building a professional network that utilizes veteran mentors
- Preparing for interviews by highlighting some of your unique skills
- Applying to graduate/professional school
Appointments can be made via Handshake, where you can schedule time with a general or discipline-specific career advisor from the Career Services Network.
Connect with Professional Organizations and Resources
Student veterans have a number of ways to seek out guidance and support. Several ways to get started:
Identifying Transferable Skills and Employer Programs for Veterans: Check out the Veterans Job Matcher to identify career paths that might be a good match for military skills and learn about wages, education requirements, and outlooks in identified fields. Many employers (such as Time Warner Cable, GE, and Hewlett Packard) also offer employment programs for veterans worth considering.
Professional Organizations and Job Search Resources: Military Friendly, the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s HIREVets Medallion Program, FourBlock, American Corporate Partners, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Employment Center, Hire Heroes USA, Recruit Military, and the Veteran Jobs Mission offer a robust range of resources and job search support.
Curated Resources from Career Services: Be sure to browse the catalogue of resources Career Services has curated for student veterans, which includes professional organizations, job search sites, and support services.
Connect with other Spartan veterans by joining the Veterans interest group on MSU Connect. There, you can find an alumni mentor based on your preferred location, industry, or specific organization.
MSU's Student Veterans Resource Center
Dedicated to promoting the educational, career, and personal advancement of military-connect students, MSU’s Student Veterans Resource Center offers a range of services and resources, including:
- Space for meetings, studying, and socializing
- VA benefits and health information
- Financial aid application support
- Transition services and career development
- Employment and internship opportunities
- Referrals to many other programs and services on campus and in the community