Military to Medicine | www.militarytomedicine.org |
Published in the September/October 2010 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Interested in pursuing a career in healthcare when you leave the military, but don’t have any medical training? Or maybe you did get some healthcare training while serving this country and aren’t sure where to begin your job search?
In either case, Military to Medicine has got you covered. This national, non-profit service organization combines healthcare training and career opportunities. The organization provides online training that leads to entry-level, technical healthcare positions—at little or no cost. This training is available to military spouses, wounded warriors and their caregivers, veterans, National Guard, reservists, and service members transitioning to civilian employment.
The training program also includes personal assessments, enabling Military to Medicine to evaluate skill sets and personalities to make sure the career of choice fits. The folks at Military to Medicine do this because they don’t simply want people to find jobs for just right now; they want them to find long-term careers.
The organization will also help people navigate the sometimes challenging credential and certification requirements necessary in some states. And for men and women who already have healthcare experience, Military to Medicine provides access to a national job board full of current, open positions.
In 2009 Military to Medicine had nearly 1,000 go through its training program, and they successfully placed 300 in healthcare careers. “We realized a few years back that there were organizations such as Troops to Teachers and Helmets to Hardhats that would help service members find jobs after they left the military,” said Daniel Nichols, Executive Director of Military to Medicine. “So we wanted to create a program that could do the same things for service members who wanted to enter the healthcare field when they left the military. We also understood that the number one choice of careers for military spouses is healthcare and we wanted to assist them as well. We call it a ‘talent exchange.’ ” Nichols is a current Navy chaplain in the reserves, and served with Marines in Afghanistan in 2006.
“The healthcare industry loves to hire men and women who have a connection to the military,” Nichols said. “They have long realized that this group is disciplined, is good at working in teams, often has technical skills, is good at critical thinking, is generally used to dealing with life and death situations, takes safety seriously, can work long hours, is good at following rules, and enjoys a service aspect to their jobs.”