Veterans

From Military Service to Data Analyst

Transitioning to the civilian workforce is a significant adjustment for men and women who have served in the military. After an extended period of time away from civilian life, veterans often need guidance and support to identify how to best apply their extraordinary skills and service experience to the corporate sector. Despite some hardships veterans […]

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Every Day Should Be Veterans Day

Our veterans often face challenges transitioning to the civilian work force. For example, while unemployment rates for veterans tend to hover just a few points above the national average for all workers, it is estimated that nearly half a million vets have dropped out of the workforce over the last 10 years. As we take […]

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Making a Difference, Not Just a Living

If you know IBM, the scope and depth of the initiatives detailed in our 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report will not surprise you. IBM undertakes actions at scale, and because corporate responsibility is fully integrated with our overall business strategy, our CSR programs are global in reach as they seek to enable fundamental transformations of societal […]

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Closing the IT Skills Gap While Serving Those Who Have Served

IBM’s Veterans Employment Initiative, part of the IBM Impact Grant portfolio, connects IBM expert software trainers with qualified participants for five days of instruction on IBM® i2® Analyst’s Notebook®. At the conclusion of the instructional session, participants may take the exam for certification as an advanced data analyst. Employers are expected to fill nearly 200,000 jobs over the next […]

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Transforming Careers for Veterans

By Debbie Landers and Robert Griffin Data analytics is key to ensuring that organizations today remain competitive and employees engaged. As a result, industry experts cite data analytics as one of the fastest growing career fields, with a shortage of at least 200,000 data analysts to fill corporate data analyst jobs by 2018. With qualified […]

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A Family Tradition of Service

IBMer Alex Williams knows what it means to serve. A third-generation soldier, Alex joined the Army after high school and served for eight years – including three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. As an Abrams M1A1 Main Battle Tank crew member, Alex’s job on two of his tours was to “seek and engage” an […]

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A Profile in Corporate Citizenship

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has just bestowed its “Best Corporate Steward” award for large business – the Citizens Award – on IBM. The Chamber Foundation’s Best Corporate Steward award recognizes businesses that serve as powerful forces for good around the world. Companies and chambers of commerce from around the globe compete for Citizens awards […]

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West Point Cyber-Security Program Preps Excelsior Students for 21st Century Jobs

Cyber attacks, and cyber-security awareness, have moved to the forefront of discussion in the past decade. There is no question that American infrastructure is vulnerable to both external and internal cyber threats. American leadership in both the private and public sectors has identified a gap in our cyber capabilities, and has begun to implement committees, […]

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From Military Service to Data Analytics: Helping Vets with Career Transformation

Security is among the most important information technology issues in the era of cloud and mobile computing, and veterans have the training, expertise and commitment to service that make them ideal candidates for security’s essential role in IT. In his comments below, United States Air Force veteran and IBM i2 Fraud Analytics software expert Gary […]

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IBM to Provide Free Software Training and Job Placement to Vets

IBM’s new Veterans Employment Initiative opens today, and includes software training and job placement assistance. Funded by a new IBM grant program, the initiative will connect IBM expert software trainers with qualified participants for five days of instruction on IBM® i2® Analyst’s Notebook®. At the conclusion of the instructional session, participants may take the exam […]

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Helping Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Grow and Thrive

Each month, nearly 20,000 of the 2.2 million women and men serving in America’s military in Iraq and Afghanistan begin their transition to civilian life. The public conversation about how best to support this transition intensifies each Veterans Day (as well it should), but IBM and IBMers are working every day to offer essential assistance […]

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New IBM Program to Accelerate Vets into Data Analyst Jobs

On Veterans Day – and every day – it’s time both to celebrate and honor those who have served in our Armed Forces and to consider how we, as individuals and businesses, can play a role in helping our veterans transition back to civilian life. Through new programs and partnerships with nonprofits and other corporations, […]

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“Seeing the Other Side” After 12 Years in the Military

From West Point to two deployments in Afghanistan over the following eight years, I had spent my entire adult life in the military when I decided it was time for a change. The prospect of transition was challenging and exciting – both personally and professionally. On one hand, life in the Army can offer certain […]

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Assisting Veterans with Career Transition

When I started American Corporate Partners’ Veteran Mentoring Program in 2008, my goal was to give quality mentorships to as many veterans as possible. But with hundreds of thousands of veterans returning to civilian life each year, the need was much larger than the few thousand that the Mentoring Program could accommodate. In collaboration with […]

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Veterans Bring Skills and Value to Corporate America

Our Veterans Day series concludes with remarks from U.S. Army veteran Bret Liberatore, who speaks directly to the pressing issue of unemployment among young veterans, what employers can do to help, and why hiring veterans is a smart and sustainable business policy. ________________________________ Serving in the U.S. military is an experience few Americans can truly […]

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