Five Things Every Student Veteran Returning to School Should Know

Student Veterans of America | August 21, 2017

Written By: Barrett Bogue, Vice President of Public Relations and Chapter Engagement 

Back to School 

It’s August, which means millions of people are returning to college or arriving to campus for the first time. This annual right-of-passage includes the over 1.1 million student veterans who are using the GI Bill in schools across the country and are the best academic achievers in higher education.

This is the time of year where Student Veterans of America (SVA) shines brightest, when we welcome new and returning members to the almost 1,500 chapters across the country. In the spirit of learning, here are five things every student veteran returning to school should know to make the most of their time in higher education.

You need a LinkedIn profile more than a Twitter handle

If you think LinkedIn is a social media network, or you’re waiting for that free year of support for veterans, then you’re doing it wrong. LinkedIn is your path to economic opportunity.

Did you know every Fortune 1000 company has access to LinkedIn to recruit candidates? Companies apply the power of big data and LinkedIn profiles to find their next hire. LinkedIn offers dedicated support to help you craft a profile, search for a job that matches your skills, and even take courses like Graphic Design and Project Management. You’re going to see a greater emphasis on the importance of LinkedIn from SVA so be sure to create a profile today. Join our group to learn what's coming next for SVA and LinkedIn.

 

We’ll help you find a job before you graduate 

Corporate and industry recruiting teams have already decided which colleges they’re going to visit this academic year. Instead of waiting to see if your school was chosen, you can go to them before winter break.

We’ve partnered with The Value Of a Veteran to host a series of physical and virtual career fairs designed to connect you to corporate university recruiters seeking student veterans for full-time employment and paid internships.

Companies interested in recruiting you include Accenture, Aramark, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, JPMorgan Chase, Koch Industries, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, Prudential, Travelers, and USAA.

Physical career events are scheduled for Dallas, TX (August 29 – 30, 2017) and Washington, D.C. (September 11 – 12, 2017). Virtual career fairs occur between September and November, and are based on your degree-type. 

Membership at SVA is always free

Whether there are two or 200 of you at school, we offer membership at no cost to every student veteran. As a member, you can access the resources to support you to, through, and beyond higher education and be notified of breaking news.

We partner with some of the largest companies in the world like Amazon, Google, and Raytheon to bring you professional development opportunities. For example, are you looking for a mentor to guide you through college? Become a member and you can access Veterati, where we connect you with a mentor in the business or industry of your choice.

You are never without support

We’re the largest student-based chapter organization in America and your leadership on-campus is critical. It’s why we host the Chapter Leader Academy once a quarter to guide you through the process of building a chapter. We taught attendees in July how to create a Chapter Business Plan for successful planning and how to network.

Need one-on-one guidance? Then set up a Chapter Consultation Session with us. Meet with an expert who can answer any questions you have about how to successfully run an SVA Chapter by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Chapter Consult” in the subject line.

Mark your calendar for #NatCon2018

NatCon is America’s largest annual gathering of post-9/11 veterans who just happen to be outstanding student veterans. During NatCon you and your peers will find the latest support for student veterans, have access to the largest companies in the world, and hear from some the most important thought-leaders in the country.

NatCon2018 will take place January 4 – 6, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas and registration opens soon. Next year we’re celebrating SVA’s 10th anniversary and you don’t want to miss what we have planned.

  

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