United Service Organizations of North Carolina’s Pathfinder transition program hosted “Operation: Exit Strategy” at the Fort Bragg Center Annex for transitioning service members and spouses on March 20.
These monthly workshops focus on career and transition topics ranging from resume basics to navigating human resources to help find employment.
“I am retired. I received an email from Pathfinder scouts about this program, so I decided to come. It is hard for some of us because we have been in the military so long, that we have to adjust to civilian life, such as having a resume,” Retired Sgt. First class Angel Hernandez said.
“This class was very helpful. They talked about the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ on a job interview, writing resumes and how to network.”
According to Whitehouse.gov, about 240,000 to 360,000 Soldiers transition out of the U.S. military each year.
Workshops are offered to active-duty, wounded, ill and injured troops, NC National Guard and Reserves, their spouses and caregivers.
“We feel military spouses are constantly transitioning so we want them to benefit from our programs as well,” Site Manager Randy Baker said.
“We do power points, group activities, give out brochures and, depending on the speaker, they will have different resources as well for everyone. We ask that they bring their laptops so they can actively work on their resumes during the session,” Baker said.
“We do partner with Fayetteville Tech [Fayetteville Techincal Community College] for our morning sessions and their transition tech team comes in and helps.”
The afternoon session was presented by Credit Suisse of Raleigh, a Swiss banking company that employs more than 45,000 and has offices in 50 countries, according to its website.
The USO of NC has different themed programs each month until the end of the year. Service members can attend each one or specially select the session they feel are most needed for their individual situation.
Warrior and Family Programs presents Operation: Exit Strategy through the Pathfinder program.
The workshops are held every second Tuesday of each month. April’s session will be focused on Networking & LinkedIn.
As a follow up to the workshops, the USO of North Carolina offers a job pipeline to connect to hiring events across the state. In addition, service members are matched with jobs they are qualified or careers that they are seeking.
Classes can hold up to 30 participants for each session, breakfast and lunch are provided.
Registration is free and to learn more details go to https://northcarolina.uso.org/events