Forty veterans and underrepresented youth spent Monday at the Lab as part of the fifth annual Veterans’ Day on the Job program where they learned job-hunting skills such as resume writing and interview tips. The participants are part of NPower, a national program that assists military veterans, their spouses, and underrepresented youth with developing new skills for a career in technology.
The group toured the Molecular Foundry, then attended a workshop, “Job Search & Interview Readiness Tips”, facilitated by Kelly Johnson, Talent Outreach & Sourcing Specialist. A mock interview demonstration from Rick Brumley and Jimmy Mai from the IT User Support Team which was followed by a presentation on the “Student Veteran’s Transition to the Workforce” by NPower graduate and current IT employee Michael Jason Bush. A final presentation was given by Bill Canaan, Senior Human Resources Business Partner for Computing Sciences on “The Value of Employing Veterans at a National Laboratory.” The day wrapped up with a networking session with Berkeley Lab’s Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG).
The material was presented in partnership with the Lab’s Veterans Employee Resource Group, Talent Outreach, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office.
This initiative is a part of Berkeley Lab’s commitment to reach out to the veteran community, and ensure a veteran-friendly work environment for employees and prospective applicants. If you’re interested in learning more about NPower, please contact [email protected].