Military veterans translating skills to gain civilian employment

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By John Donnelly

When San Jacinto College student Jacob Eldridge left the U.S. Navy, he knew he was going to have a difficutl time transitioning to the civilian workforce. He was an EM3 attached as EOD support. Don’t know what that is or what he did? Most civilians don’t. The Navy was there to help.

“When you come out of the military, they have a week-long course now that has been beneficial at translating what you have done,“ says Eldridge.

The program is relatively new. To help military veterans get jobs, the college sponsored a free seminar with radio host Todd Bermont to help the veterans ditch military jargon and be able to explain to civilians what they have done in terms that people who don’t have a military background would understand.

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