Veterans’ Career Summit: Making a successful transition
By Nick van Ouwerkerk, Veterans Affairs Canada
Successfully transitioning to civilian life is an important chapter in every military career. Employment in post-military life can help provide a sense of purpose and personal identity, promote the development of social relationships and provide financial stability for Veterans and their families. For some, though, leaving the uniform behind and picking up a civilian life can be difficult. The Veterans’ Career Summit, which took place on September 28-29 during the Invictus Games in Toronto, was held with that transition in mind. The summit offered potential employers and leaders in Canada’s corporate community the chance to connect with Veterans looking to transition to the civilian workforce and the Public Service.
Consultations were also offered on a range of topics including resume writing, interview skills, and identifying the breadth of transferable skills gained through military experience.
Building on the inspiration the Invictus Games instills in competitors and viewers to overcome obstacles, the Career Summit allowed Veterans to see firsthand the wide range of careers that could be available to them. Career advisors were on hand to help point Veterans toward relevant opportunities and to help translate their skillsets into civilian terms.
During the summit, Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, issued a challenge to corporate Canada and the Public Service to recognize the valuable skills Veterans have acquired through the Canadian Armed Forces and to help welcome them into the civilian workforce.
Minster O’Regan announced the launch of the Veterans in the Public Service Unit (VPSU) while addressing attendees. This new unit within Veterans Affairs was formed to help Veterans navigate the Federal Public Service hiring process. The VPSU also works with managers from across the Public Service, in promoting the training, experiences and skillsets of Canadian Veterans for employment within the Public Service.
Veterans who have any questions or require assistance can contact the VPSU by sending a message through their My VAC Account or by calling the department at 1-866-522-2122.
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