The non-profit was cofounded by Centric’s Mike Rogers, a senior manager with Centric Consulting and a master sergeant in the Ohio Air National Guard. The organization connects veterans with mentors and to job opportunities.
Mentees receive coaching and work with talent specialists to be best prepared for the full-time workforce. Read the full article here.
Hear what Mike had to say. An excerpt:
“There’s mentoring up to the point where they get their first job, but it doesn’t end there. We are constantly having those conversations,” says Rogers, a senior manager with Centric Consulting and a master sergeant in the Ohio Air National Guard.
A lot of people may think that the armed services and the Veterans Administration help facilitate the transition to civilian work, but it’s not that simple, Rogers says. “It’s hard for (veterans organizations) to scale because there are so many people getting out. It’s not just going and sitting in a class, teaching you some aspects of transitioning. It’s a high touch that we offer that you don’t get from the military.” Gentzel adds, “I became frustrated with the hiring process. I didn’t know how to apply for jobs. I didn’t know how to interview. I didn’t have the networking skills.”
“Now we’ve got mentoring, we’ve got coaching; we’ve got the talent specialists that are interacting with the mentee all through the process. For the military to do that, that would be extremely challenging,” Rogers says.