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New hub offers career tools for military students

Career coaching

Transitioning from a military occupation to a civilian career is tough.

“What a lot of civilians don’t realize is when you’re in the military, much of your day is mapped out for you,” explains Igor Khayet, director of the Phoenix Career Services™ team. “But in the civilian world, you’re in charge — and that can be a culture shock.”

While interviewing University of Phoenix military students, Khayet and his team learned that military students want a road map covering the civilian job market. Using this knowledge, Phoenix Career Services developed a military hub on its eCampus portal.

“We created the hub to address significant challenges military students face as they make their transition,” Khayet explains. Here are the hub’s five customized career resources:


Military skills translator tool

The University developed this online tool for converting skills associated with Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) codes to similar civilian jobs and linking military experience to civilian employment.

“Say you were an Army Infantryman 11B,” Khayet says. “How would you translate that to a non-military setting?”

Although many people think there’s no civilian equivalent for that type of position, Khayet stresses that when military students input their MOS codes into the translator, it helps identify relevant civilian careers that otherwise might be hard to identify. 

The translator also links results to the Job Market Research Tool to connect the suggested civilian jobs with current salary and hiring data.

“The Job Market Research tool provides information on what employers are asking for from candidates,” he says, such as skills requirements, experience and education. “This tool will show you how you stack up to what employer demands are and where the gaps are, and gives you an expectation of how qualified you may be before you apply.”


Career advice articles

Khayet and his team developed written tips addressing common challenges military students face in their job searches. Topics include how to network in the civilian world and creating an effective elevator pitch.

“We’re trying to create a one-stop shop that covers what these students need to know about civilian employment,” he explains, “while making it accessible and informative.” He notes that the hub will continuously add new tools to meet the needs of military students.


Military-friendly employers

The hub also features military-friendly employers who are interested in University graduates, including Microsoft, Oracle, Excela Health and many others. The employer portal contains more than 37,000 job openings.


Alumni perspectives

Khayet notes that the hub will soon include videos featuring successful University military alumni offering tips and encouragement for current students as they transition to civilian life. “They’ll discuss how they applied the career advice they received to advance their own job search,” Khayet notes.


Career coaching

In addition to the tools on the military hub, all University military students are eligible for two hours of private, complimentary career coaching.

“Once students have used the tools, they’re able to connect with a career coach for assistance with career-related issues they may be struggling with,” Khayet explains. “They may need help creating a job search strategy, identifying a target list of companies or practicing for a mock interview.”

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