Workshop series to offer career service advice to veterans 

A series of programs co-sponsored by Shippensburg University will offer career information to area veterans. 

"Mission Career: A Workshop Series for Veterans" is co-sponsored by Shippensburg’s Career Development Center, Penn State Mont Alto’s Career Services and the Student Veterans of America  chapters at the two universities. The program is made possible in part, by a grant from PennACE (Pennsylvania National Association of Colleges and Employers). 

The schedule is:  

  • Feb. 27, 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 100a of the Ceddia Union Building at Shippensburg. The first part of the session is resumes and transferable skills. The facilitator is Jeffrey Hanks, manager of the Transition Assistance Program at Carlisle Army Barracks. This session will show how military experience can be translated to describe skills in a way that civilian employers understand. Attendees will also receive basic information on formatting federal resumes. In the second part of the session, Lorie Davis, assistant director of University Relations at Shippensburg, will provide an overview of how to prepare for and make the most of attending a job fair.  
  • March 28, 6 to 8 p.m. in 122 MAC at Penn State Mont Alto. The session on "Using Your Military Skills to Become an Entrepreneur: An Introduction" will be led by two members of the Small Business Development Center at Shippensburg. They are Cheryl Young, consulting manager, and Dr. Michael Unruh, center director. This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Attendees will learn unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business, how to assess the feasibility of their business idea, differences between business organization structures, how to develop a business plan, how to obtain financing, how to market their product or service, and the applications and licenses needed to start their company. 
  • April 15, 6 to 8 p.m. at The Orchards in Chambersburg. The topic of the session is interview skills and employer networking. A panel discussion with employers from a variety of industries will discuss major interviewing points, including how to talk about military experiences and transitional skills during an interview. A networking reception after follow the one-hour long panel session will encourage veterans and employers to network and potentially lead to some internship/job opportunities.  

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