Many veterans are finding it easier to find a job upon completion of a degree program from Colorado Christian University because employers are realizing that veterans make great employees. Why? A large percentage of veterans share certain traits that make them highly desirable employees. According to an online article published by Veterans Today: Military & Foreign Affairs Journal, there are ten reasons why employers are hiring veterans.
- Proven ability to learn new skills and concepts–veterans can enter workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, which can enhance a company’s productivity.
- Leadership skills–The military trains soldiers to lead by example and also teaches them how to delegate, motivate and inspire others. Veterans understand practical ways of managing others and understand leadership hierarchies.
- Teamwork is something veterans typically excel at in the workforce due to their time in the service and the necessity of working as a team, especially during times of combat. Military duties involve a combination of individual and group activities and an understanding of how different sized groups work together to reach certain objectives. Veterans make great leaders but are also able to work as a team in a subordinate position when necessary. You definitely want a veteran on your team in the workplace.
- Ability to work with a diverse group of people. In the armed forces, soldiers work side by side with men and women of all ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, religions and capabilities, so they have a keen sense of how to cooperate and work collaboratively with many different types of people to reach a common goal.
- Ability to perform under extreme pressure. Veterans understand demanding schedules, last-minute assignments and working with limited resources. Veterans are able to complete tasks on time while under a great deal of stress, and they know the importance of sticking with the task until it is completed properly.
- Veterans respect procedures and rules. They understand hierarchical leadership and their place in that hierarchy, and they know that following procedure is imperative to successful completion of a task and to the company as a whole.
- Knowledge of technology is another trait that many veterans bring to the table. The armed forces use some of the most advanced technology out there, and veterans usually have experience with very high levels of technology and are able to train others on how to use that specialized technology, when necessary.
- Veterans possess integrity and understand the concept of a “hard day’s work.” Veterans are usually sincere, trustworthy and reliable–all traits that make for a great employee.
- Awareness of health and safety standards–Most veterans are physically fit and are aware of how important safety in the workplace is, especially in jobs that require the use of machinery and other dangerous equipment. They are able to protect their coworkers and ensure a safe working environment for all.
- Veterans are able to triumph over adversity and are able to deal with stressful situations in a calm, mature fashion. Most veterans have faced numerous missions that demanded strength, stamina, flexibility and endurance–all excellent qualities to have in an employee.
If you are a veteran or active member of the military, Colorado Christian University offers special military tuition assistance for military service members and their adult dependents. CCU is also a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. The goal of CCU’s membership in SOC is to make it easier for servicemembers to complete college degrees through flexible transfer credit policies and academic residency requirements. If you are in the service or a veteran of the armed forces, please contact the CCU Admissions Office to learn more about how to begin your college degree program as soon as possible. If money is the only thing holding you back, there are numerous financial assistance opportunities such as the VA-GI Bill, Post-9/11 GI Bill and others.