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Tips as we approach 2017


The New Year is the perfect time to take stock of your future and your career path. If you are considering a new direction, there are several health care occupations that are always looking for talented professionals.

VA is the largest employer of health care workers in the country, committed to hiring Veterans. If you are transitioning from the military, a current Veteran, an active Reserve or National Guard member, we invite you to explore the benefits of a career at VA. VA offers numerous benefits, resources, and services to help Veterans transition from military to civilian jobs and enhance their education, skills, and careers, including providing education and training assistance, vocational and employment counseling, and job-seeking tools. These are in addition to benefits already earned via the GI Bill.

If you are a VA employee interested in transitioning into a health care position, it likely will entail education to earn a certification, license or degree. From tuition assistance to loan repayment programs, VA may support you by helping build the skills that can grow careers. We encourage VA employees and trainees to pursue continuous education by offering one of the most comprehensive education support programs in the Nation. Continuous learning is essential to health care professionals’ ability to provide top-notch patient care. Ask your manager about opportunities that may be available for you.

 There are a lot of career paths in health care. To pinpoint opportunities that are best for you, take some time to research potential options and figure out which positions are most aligned with your professional and personal goals, values and interests. Another great way to acquire useful knowledge is to volunteer your time in areas that interest you. This allows you to see firsthand what the work entails.

VA is a place to advance your career, while sharing your life experiences in an environment that can help others heal and cope with being home. When you are ready to make the transition, we will be here. Review available positions and join us in serving Veterans.

Here’s to a happy and successful New Year!


Darren Sherrard