One of the biggest barriers for service members and veterans entering private sector careers is finding a way to market military skills in ways that fulfill the requirements of most civilian positions. Symantec’s mission is to keep the world’s information safe. Being the global leader in cyber security means we are uniquely positioned to protect against cyber crime, and veteran employees are uniquely positioned to help us combat these threats.
See the story of Michael below. Symantec intentionally is stepping in to assist veteran transitions into cybersecurity, starting with our partnership with Shift.
Symantec values the skills and experience of military veterans, and uses Hire Purpose, a dedicated hiring platform, to post job openings that target veterans and offers links between the skills we need and those we know many veterans possess.
As part of our Corporate Responsibility initiatives in the United Kingdom, we also organize a Transition to Industry day for local armed forces members and veterans several times a year, including one today! Each event provides an opportunity for 15-20 attendees to learn about what it’s like to make the transition from armed services to the corporate world.
Symantec employees who have served in the armed services also share their experiences of making the transition, working at Symantec, and offer advice to attendees. Other Symantec employee volunteers provide resume writing tips and help attendees hone the interview skills that will hopefully move them into their first civilian job.
All of our Transition to Industryday attendees have experienced physical or emotional trauma, and many are apprehensive to leave the forces, as they are not sure they have anything to offer a company like Symantec. We host these events to make attendees aware of their strong, transferable skills, show them how to promote and use these skills, and help them navigate the unique challenges they experience based on their background once in a role.
Symantec shows its support of armed services members in many ways. We encourage veterans at Symantec to join our Veteran Employees and Troop Support (VETS) Employee Resource Group (ERG). Like all of our ERGs, these groups play an important role in building cultural awareness and a sense of belonging for our employees.
This month, Norton LifeLock is also the Associate Sponsor of the World Long Drive (WLD): Military Edition. WLD is one of golf’s most popular grassroots sporting events and 2019 is the first year the organization has included a U.S. military qualifier.
Service members can sign up to participate in 12 qualifying events. Winners from each qualifier advance to Fort Jackson for a chance to win $10,000 and compete alongside WLD athletes. Celebrating Service: Fort Jackson will air live on the Golf Channel, May 7th. As an Associate Sponsor, Symantec is supporting the moral of heroes who dedicate their lives to keeping their country safe.
Feeling inspired to help? Many communities have local organizations that support veterans, active duty military and their families. Search for these opportunities with a volunteer search engine like Volunteermatch.org and use the “Veterans and Military Families” filter.
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