WGU Career & Professional Development
Welcome and thank you for your service. You have turned a page to close off one chapter in your life opening a new chapter and a new mission.
You may be facing lots of changes and specific challenges as you transition from your military service to the civilian world. The job market is constantly changing. Perhaps the job you left to join the military no longer exists or perhaps this will be your first experience searching for a non-military job.
We are committed to help you.
Bridge My Return
WGU proudly partners with Bridge My Return to provide exclusive support to veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses with real-time job-matching with military-ready employers, real-world advice from coaches, military to civilian skills translation, and professional resume-building at no cost. BMR creates a '3-C' experience - Career, Community, and Character - to build a community to lift the hopes and expectations of veterans, employers, and veteran support organizations throughout America.
Military Skills Translation
As you work to put your military skills and expertise to work in the civilian world, here are some resources to help assess your potential and assist you in setting career goals and creating action plans.
Military-to-Civilian Skills Translators - Use the translator tools below to convert your MOS code to a civilian occupation. Review a list of civilian occupation titles that match your military skill set to identify potential career options.
CareerOneStop Military to Civilian Occupation Translator - The Military to Civilian Occupation Translator helps service members match military skills and experience to civilian occupations.
O*Net Online Crosswalk Search - Just enter your DOT or MOC code and you will receive equivalent job titles and descriptions that will fit with the skills of your military position.
Military.com Military Skills Translator - Translate your military skills, experience and training to find career opportunities that best align with your capabilities.
Covering the Essentials
With career goals in mind, you are ready to implement a targeted job search approach. Develop strong marketing materials, leverage your network, and ace your interview to secure the job you want.
Sample Resume with Military Experience - View a sample of a professional resume with military experience.
AbilityJobs.com - This website features employment resources for people with disabilities including a resume bank.
Resources for Job Seekers and Employers: Website with job search databases, job search assistance, and tools for application building.
Additional Resume Resources - Visit the WGU Career & Professional Development Resumes webpage.
Federal Employment of People with Disabilities The US Office of Personnel Management site has information to assist job seekers with disabilities better understand how to find and apply for federal service opportunities.
Job Accommodation Network This website offers free resources and information for individuals with physical and intellectual limitations that affect employment.
National Business and Disability Council This website offers resources to job seekers with disabilities including webcasts and job search listings from member organizations.
LINKEDIN FOR VETERANS
LinkedIn is honored to help service members and veterans take the next step in their careers. LinkedIn provides free 1-year Premium Job Seeker & LinkedIn Learning subscriptions to eligible military and veteran members.
Performance Based Interviewing - The US Department of Veteran Affairs provides information on Performance Based Interviewing for veterans preparing for interviews.
4 Interview Tips for Veterans - Military veterans can improve their chances of getting hired with these strategies.
Additional Interview Preparation Resources - Visit the WGU Career & Professional Development Interview Preparation webpage.
Putting It All Together
With a clear career goal and a job search strategy in place, review the job boards and career resources specifically for Military and Veterans to find open positions and employers who value your exceptional qualifications!
Military & Veteran Job Boards - A comprehensive list of job boards and career resources specifically for active military, veterans, and families.
Personalized One-on-One Assistance - Contact your career specialist today! Whether you have a quick question or would like reoccurring guidance putting a strategic plan into place, we are here to help.
Additional Military & Veteran Assistance Resources
The Caregivers Support Program - A resource for veterans and their families who provide care for injured Veterans and Service members.
The National Military Family Association - Offers support and programs for Military and Veteran family members. The NMFA is a respected voice on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and Veterans Administration, to look out for the families who stand behind the uniform and for those who serve.
The Wounded Warrior Project - Strives to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded services members in our nation's history.
US Department of Veteran’s Affairs - Mission is to fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.
WGU GI Bill® Benefits - Western Governors University offers online degree programs approved for Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits under the Montgomery GI® Bill.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Well Connect - WGU’s WellConnect program offers FREE services that are designed to help students work through a variety of issues as they arise. These include financial, legal, emotional, and personal in addition to offering local community support.