Career and Employment

Education for Post 9/11 Veterans

During your Self-Assessment you may want to take a closer look at your interests, skills, and abilities, especially as they relate to either a job, or career.  In either case if you decide to examine your interests, skills, and abilities that are a number of on-line tools available to you at no cost.

If you are interested in learning more about available career, education, and employment assessment options just click on assessment.

JOB Thoughts was originally designed and used in U.S. businesses and industries because of its ability to provide the employer with a rapid (i.e., about 20 - 25 minutes) testing time, computer-based, and a fairly rapid report return rate of less than 24 hours.


If you have reviewed the end products of taking JOB Thoughts and you are ready to take this amazing assessment click here.

After you have collected your JST you can also translate your military occupational skills to civilian skills through a computer-based transferable skills program for Veterans MY NEXT MOVEMY NEXT MOVE lets you enter your branch of service your MOS (see your DD214) or military job title and the program will:

  • List civilian occupations that the military occupation is related
  • Provide a description of the occupation's:
    • Job cluster
    • Job Duties
  • A breakdown of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) associated with the civilian job
  • Personality traits associated with the occupation
  • Technology knowledge you may need on the job
  • Preferred education level(s) for the career
  • The Job Outlook i.e., the need for this career now and into the future as well as the average salary - based on nationwide data
  • Occupations related to the career identified

MY NEXT MOVE information is easily printed to include in your developing Self-Assessment portfolio.

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The first stage of career planning begins with either a formal or informal Self-Assessment - this is a process of self-awareness and recall.  During the self-assessment the Veteran physically gathers information about past experiences.  Information generally includes pre-militaryand military serviceeducation (e.g., diplomas, transcripts, license(s),etc.) and occupational or employment experience(s) (e.g., job titles, companies or business where employed, dates of employment, any formal or informal training or mentoring while on-the-job, advancements, etc.).

Post 9/11 service members prior to their end of service date must participate in TAP or the Transition Assistance Program. 

JOB Thoughts is another career an employment assessment tool available, at NO COST, to all Veterans, transitioning military, National Guard members, Reservists, and their immediate family.  JOB Thoughts is an online, secure career an employment assessment resulting in 13 easy to read and use reports.  In the Career Pack there are six (6) reports, The Fast Start Employer package has five (5) reports, and the Bonus Pack has two (2) reports.  To review a complete JOB Thoughts Report click here.

Post 9/11 Veterans are a unique Veteran cohort or group.  For example, the vast majority of Post 9/11 Veterans have some level of post secondary education i.e., at least some college, but less than a Bachelor's Degree to those with Advanced degrees (Profile of the Military Community Reports – 2004 to 2012).  Thus, for the Post 9/11 Veteran career and education planning require a more directed approach.


Unlike the path Veterans typically took immediately following service (i.e., The Post-Service Re-Adjustment Period), the Post 9/11 Veteran is ready to embark on a career, seek immediate employment, consider education or training either related to pre-military aspirations, an extension of their military occupation, or a completely new path.  Regardless, the Veteran begins period of career planning.

After collecting pre-military service education and occupational or employment information, the next step is gathering all of military service information. The first document you need to have is your DD Form 214 often referred to as DD214.  This is your record of service including your dates of service, training, job titles MOC (Military Occupational Code).  If you do not have your DD214, you can go online or you can contact your County's Veteran Service Officer (CVSO) or Tribal Veteran Service Officer (TVSO), the VA District Office, or go online.  National Guard and Reservists are issued similar documentation.  Army and Air Force National Guard receive the NGB Form 22, to learn more click here.  National Guard and Reservists may also be issued a DD 256; however, if they were on active duty for the specified tour they may have received or are eligible for a DD 214.  In the career planning process, we strongly encourage  the individual to obtain and know the importance of these documents and how each may impact his or her benefits and services, to learn more click here. Throughout the U.S. you can find a either county veteran service officer or a service officer through one of the following sites or by clicking here:


Once you have your military information, Post 9/11 Veterans can also get a transcript of their military training, specifically the Joint Services Transcript (JST) which provides documented evidence to colleges and universities of the professional military education and training and occupation experiences of service members and veterans.


The Veteran needs to collect service related information.  A key online resource to explore is the Career One Stop - Veteran and Military Transition Center website.  This website is packed with a wealth of resources for Veterans...

  • Matching Military Skills to Civilian Occupations
  • Transition Services
  • Service for Disabled Veterans
  • Services for Women Veterans
  • Unemployment Benefits for Veterans
  • Additional Assistance and Benefits for Veterans during Re-Adjustment