Helping veterans transition into the workforce is something that is near and dear to my heart, as my boyfriend will soon be getting out of the military after serving five years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
I have seen and heard first hand all the struggles these men and women handle when trying to shift back into a civilian lifestyle.
They don't know where to start, how their military skills can translate into the workforce or even where to begin looking for opportunities.
After spending years in the service, they arrive back home only to be thrown headfirst into a swimming pool of responsibilities. And finding a career after serving your country should not be a difficult task, but it's an all-too familiar feeling for many American veterans.
Michael Aroney and Alan Knight both experienced difficulties similar to what I mentioned above. Aroney, who joined the military in the 1970s because he was "looking for an adventure," flew the first F-4 Phantoms and F-14 Tomcats over the course of his 20-year career. And Knight served for five years during Desert Storm as a mechanic for M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles before becoming a quality control inspector.
In this recent article by our sister publication Manufacturing.net, both men agree that there are opportunities for vets in manufacturing.
There seems to be a major disconnect between the number of available jobs and the amount of skilled people looking for them.
So what more can be done? How can we start supporting our vets and bridging the manufacturing skills gap? Take a look at the infographic below by GetSkillstoWork.org.
(Infographic by GetSkillstoWork.org)