During his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted the issue of hiring veterans. James Wilburn is director of military programs for Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE). It's an issue near his heart after having served 22 years in the U.S. Army and working daily with transitioning military personnel in his role at GTPE.
As a veteran, I know personally that the president’s call to every CEO rings true: “if you want somebody who's going to get the job done, hire a veteran.” However, while veterans already have much of the training, skills, and experience to get the job done, I’ve seen firsthand the difficulties servicemen and women face when transitioning from the military to civilian life. From how a supervisor differs from a commanding officer to interviewing and creating a LinkedIn profile, veterans need guidance in navigating the nuances of the private sector.