When I founded Veterans2Work in 2008, the mission was to provide veterans whose military assignments limited their civilian career options with pathways to careers in the US growth economy. That mission remains the same, but we continue to lean hard into the innovations that promise to bring about transformational change in veterans’ access to economic opportunity:
- Our VetMatch™ Success Profile is a psychometrics/predictive analytics tool that captures veterans’ job-relevant personality traits, providing employers with compelling reasons to “hire for aptitude and train for skills.” Feedback from veterans, employers and partners confirms that VetMatch is positioned to be accepted as an indispensable standard for evaluating job suitability for all veterans.
- Career Launch Programs. Thanks to partnerships with Google, Microsoft, Coursera and others, we’ve added or enhanced our Launch Track offerings, in such areas as Cloud Computing, IT Support and Sales Development
- Career Success Network. Much as a health care network brings diverse providers together to collaborate around a patient’s whole health, V2W’s Support Network coordinates the activities and interests of agencies, training providers, volunteers and employers on each veteran’s career success. Our platform is robust and scalable.
In the coming year, our goals are to: have 10,000 veterans with shareable VetMatch profiles; have 12 end-to-end Career Launch Tracks; double our cadre of volunteer Career/Success Coaches, to 500; provide training to 2,000 veterans, with 500 landing jobs in their new careers; and expand our roster of participating employers to 100.
Our services are always free of charge to active duty military, veterans and active duty spouses. We can do this thanks to volunteers and donors. If you want to be involved, sign up as a Career / Success Coach, or make a cash donation.
I keep at this because my colleagues, our volunteers, partners, supporters and employer partners continue to remind me that this is important work. And so, with gratitude and joy, I look forward to continuing the work — and to staying in touch.
Founder & Executive Director