Going to a traditional four-year college isn’t always a necessary prerequisite for a great career.
With its new hiring initiative, IBM is looking to tap the talent of our nation’s veterans who have a lot of experience outside of the classroom!
Veterans being eyed for ‘new collar jobs’
A lot of companies talk about honoring our veterans, but some companies really put their money where their mouth is.
IBM plans to hire 2,000 U.S. veterans over the next four years as part of a broader plan to create jobs for 25,000 U.S. workers through 2020.
Many of the positions are in cloud computing, cybersecurity, network management and digital design. Typically, the positions don’t require a traditional college background; for example, you can learn to code for free through any of a variety of free online courses or intensive coding boot camps.
So these jobs are part of a new breed of employment that IBM is calling “new collar jobs.” The idea is that you can easily pick up the skills you need rather than going to school for a terminal degree.
Simultaneously, IBM has ramped up its commitment to train veterans in software that’s commonly used in the defense and law enforcement industries. Weeklong training sessions are being held across the country. Upcoming sessions are scheduled for Philadelphia (May 8-12), Fort Drum, NY (June 12-16) and Camp Dawson, WV (June 12-16). See a complete list of training sessions here.
Following the training, vets will get career placement services provided by Corporate America Supports You (CASY), a nationwide non-profit that provides employment assistance for current and former military personnel. CASY has so far placed nearly 1,800 veterans in new careers within corporate America.
For more info on IBM’s commitment to hiring vets, visit IBM-Veterans.jobs.