Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are facing a new mission: finding a job in this tough economy. JP Morgan Chase and other companies are now pledging to help. Their goal is to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020.
Maureen Casey, the managing director of JP Morgan’s office of military and veterans affairs, and Ryan Enriques, a Project Manager for Global Fund Services at JP Morgan and veteran himself, explained the characteristics that make veterans great hires for the private sector. Casey believes that what makes veterans special is their set of tangible and intangible skills. “Mission focus, leadership, teamwork … technology, computer-type skills, project management skills, operations, logistics … a lot of those kinds of skills that will translate into the private sector,” she stated.
Ryan Enriquez then detailed why he thinks it’s so hard for vets to get jobs, saying, “There’s a very big gap between the military world and the civilian world. What the veterans have to do is identify their own gaps and their own weaknesses in what they need to do in order to transition. The civilians have to reach to understand that there are gaps between these two.”