New tool to assist in transition from military to civilian life
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members preparing to transition to civilian life, as well as veterans, have a new tool to help them in finding meaningful employment in the private sector. MNET, short for Military Occupational Structure ID (MOSID) to National Occupational Classification (NOC) Equivalency Tool, officially launched October 16, 2017. The free to use, online career transition tool matches military occupations with civilian occupations and job openings.
MNET is easy to navigate. CAF members and veterans simply need to enter information about their military career and a matching civilian occupation with job description, as well as a link to relevant civilian employment opportunities on Job Bank is produced. Employers can also post forecasted job openings specifically for Veterans.
“It is exciting to see the implementation of this great initiative well ahead of schedule. It would not have been possible without the commitment to interdepartmental cooperation demonstrated throughout this process,” said Brigadier-General Mark Misener who is leading the creation of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group. “CAF members often think little of the training and experiences that they have amassed during their careers and the weight it can carry over into the competitive labour market. MNET illustrates how valuable their experience can be.”
MNET is the result of the combined efforts of the CAF’s Directorate of Casualty Support Management, the Military Personnel Generation Learning Support Centre, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). In one of many examples of this interdepartmental cooperation, ESDC provided access to their catalogue of more than 30,000 occupational titles in order to allow military occupations to be matched to their closest civilian equivalents. Moreover, as MNET was created in large part using current resources from the various departments involved, and based on an existing United States Department of Labor application, the online tool was able to be produced at the low cost of $18,000.
“The ability for a CAF transitioning member or a veteran to leverage the national Job Bank that lists over 97,000 jobs on any given day in less two clicks is truly what makes MNET a powerful transition tool. The small cost of this system, when you look at how it will simplify job and personnel searches and make life easier for transitioning members, is really incredible!” said Captain (Retired) Andy Choquette, one of MNET’s creators.
In addition to MNET, Veterans also have access to VAC’s newly introduced Veterans in the Public Service Unit, which was formed to help veterans navigate the federal public service hiring process. The unit assists veterans by providing them with potential public service job opportunities that match their skills and education. The unit also works with managers from across the public service to raise awareness regarding the training, experience and skills that Canadian Veterans have to offer.
The coming months will see additional features added to MNET to enhance member’s at all levels in leveraging their military talents towards a second, as the Canadian Armed Forces and its partners continue to seek new and innovative ways to make transition easier and ensure the best possible care and support to both currently serving members and veterans.
Access to MNET is now available at: http://caface-rfacace.forces.gc.ca/mnet-oesc/.
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