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Survey: Military to civilian transitions are tough

While U.S. servicemembers acquire valuable skills and go through diverse experiences, it’s often difficult for them to apply what they’ve learned to civilian careers, according to a 2013 University of Phoenix survey conducted by Harris Interactive in September and October 2013.

New career guidance system simplifies job planning

Want to explore new career options, but not sure where to begin? The Phoenix Career Guidance System™ can come in handy.

“We developed this new system to help people identify their career interests and educate them on the current labor market in their area,” explains Mary ...

What can an associate degree do for you?

Earning a college degree doesn’t have to take four years. You can finish an associate degree in as little as two years and gain the skills to help increase your job opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

New hub offers career tools for military students

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 — ...

5 information technology careers for veterans

Switching from military to civilian life isn’t easy. But veterans who choose information technology (IT) careers have an edge. “IT has a combination of problem-solving, creativity and intensity that fits into the military mindset,” says Blair Smith, PhD, dean of the College of Information Systems and Technology at University of Phoenix, and a U.S. Navy veteran....

How University of Phoenix helps military students

Whether in wartime or peacetime, the heavy demands and regimented structure of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces mean military students have different needs than traditional students, according to Mike Bibbee, vice president of internal operations for the University of Phoenix Military Division.

The best LinkedIn tips for veterans

If you’re a veteran who served many years in the military, you may be unsure how to get into today’s civilian job market — including through the LinkedIn® professional networking website.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone, says Garland Williams, PhD, a retired U.S. ...

Hiring Our Heroes partnership puts vets to work

Hiring Our Heroes is a national program created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation that helps veterans and military spouses find civilian jobs through a variety of resources, including job fairs. University of Phoenix is the organization’s education partner.

Start Strong Event features jobs for military

If you’re about to get out of the military or already have finished serving your country and need a civilian job, you’re in luck: University of Phoenix is partnering with Hiring Our Heroes — a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation — to sponsor the Start Strong Event at 11 campuses in April and May. The goal: To help active-duty servicemembers, veterans and ...

5 websites where veterans can get career help

Searching for a job is often a time-consuming process, and it’s no different for many of the more than 250,000 active-duty troops discharged from the military each year. But for some veterans, figuring out where to seek advice for a civilian career can be daunting.

New federal program helps troops with transition

Active-duty servicemembers who plan to enter the civilian workforce or go to school will soon be required to participate in a new initiative to help them adjust to life after service before they’re discharged.

The Transition Goals Plans Success — or Transition GPS — is the overhaul of ...

5 tips to apply for federal government jobs

Thinking about a career with the U.S. government? More than 5,000 federal jobs are listed on the USAjobs® website, and the application process is simpler now since essays are rarely required.

You’ll still have to provide a detailed employment history and tailored ...

4 veteran-friendly job websites

Searching online listings is a daily task for many American job hunters. But for some veterans, especially those returning to the civilian job market for the first time in years, navigating job sites can be overwhelming.

Instead of looking at websites geared toward the general population, ...

University of Phoenix helps veterans transition into civilian life

Ever wonder what happens when veterans trade their military fatigues for a business suit?

“Once upon a time, we’d just send our veterans out into the world with a pat on the back and wish them well. But in today’s tough job market, we can’t do ...

7 tips for active-duty entrepreneurs

You have this brilliant business idea, but there’s a catch: How do you make your entrepreneurial dream a reality while you’re actively serving in the military? Matt Butler, an alumnus of the University of Phoenix Master of Information Systems program, says it’s easier than you might think. The U.S. Air Force major offers these tips for success:...

5 careers for military veterans

“The only constant in a military career is that someday it will end,” says Garland Williams, PhD, associate regional vice president of the University of Phoenix Military Division. Williams himself spent more than 28 years as a U.S. Army officer before retiring and joining the private sector.

Attention! Military concepts can enrich business strategy

If U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 has taught us anything recently with its successful missions in Pakistan and Somalia, it's that the military gets the job done. For some corporate bosses, getting employees to snap to attention and maintain this kind of laser-like focus on the job would be a welcome strategy....

5 ways to transition to a civilian career

Your next assignment: Selling yourself out of uniform. And while the skills you learned in the military should translate well in civilian life, it’s your responsibility to help explain what you have to offer, according to retired Col. Garland H. Williams, PhD, the associate regional vice president of the University of Phoenix Military Division....