Programs

Veterans Career Mentoring Program

Rationale and Purpose:  With veterans leaving the military in record numbers, many are entering college and are eager to start a new stage of life working in the civilian community. The University of South Florida Veterans Career Mentoring Program offers its student veterans the unique opportunity to develop a relationship with a professional working within their desired career field. This mentor program provides the student with precise career advice and networking opportunities in the field of their study as they transition into a career after college. Our mentor program models success in many diverse markets, offering insight from industry professionals as veterans find success beyond their service. Some of our mentors are veterans themselves, while others are nonveterans who are passionate about supporting our goals. This program is open to students at all levels of their studies as we feel it is never too early to begin getting connected.

Program Summary:  The USF Veteran Career Mentoring Program is designed to provide opportunities for USF student veterans to learn from local business and community leaders how to best prepare for employment within the civilian community. Having a mentor should create networking opportunities in the veterans' desired career fields that may ultimately lead to internships or employment. 

Our program is flexible and allows mentors and student veterans the space to create their own timelines and levels of commitment. The USF Veteran's Mentoring Program affords the Tampa Bay community the unique opportunity to bridge the gap for the men and women who have served the nation.

Program Goals:

  1. Provide USF student veterans with opportunities to develop relationships with successful local business and community leaders that will enhance their ability to transition from USF into the local workforce.
  2. Enable USF student veterans to increase their knowledge of the local job market, employer expectations, and skills necessary to be successful.
  3. Increase the veteran's confidence in their knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as their ability to succeed in the local civilian workforce.

Benefits of Mentoring:  Both mentors and mentees benefit from investing time in a mentoring partnership. Mentors develop leadership skills, make connections as volunteers, and experience the rewards that come with helping others develop and succeed. Mentees gain confidence, make connections, and gain the inside industry knowledge needed to make informed career decisions. Further, mentees learn how to be a mentor, which will allow them to return the favor to other veterans.

For more information on the USF Veterans Career Mentoring Program, please email Beth Michalak or call her at 813-974-6727.