Despite COVID Challenges, MOAA’s Career Guidance Reached Tens of Thousands in 2020

Despite COVID Challenges, MOAA’s Career Guidance Reached Tens of Thousands in 2020
Panelists participate in "Get Connected: Land Your Next Job," a MOAA webinar held in conjunction with American Corporate Partners to assist servicemembers, veterans, and military spouses in advance of a MOAA-sponsored job fair. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Whether it’s a small gathering of aspiring executives at a training seminar, a group of soon-to-be-retired officers seeking transition assistance on a military installation, or servicemembers and spouses interacting with ready-to-hire companies at a job fair, MOAA has prized its face-to-face interaction with members and others seeking a leg up in their professional journeys.

 

This year was no different … but very different.

 

Seminars and other training efforts moved online. Job fairs became virtual events, requiring new techniques and strategies. And as job seekers and others adjusted to the changing times, so did MOAA – reaching nearly 52,000 members and prospective members through live and virtual transition and career events in 2020.

 

[2020 IMPACT REPORT: How The MOAA Foundation Drives Transition and Career Assistance]

 

Along with traditional best practices, MOAA’s staff has worked to assist members and others with new skills they’ll need in this new environment, most notably virtual networking, résumé development, and interview preparation. Need a refresher? You can check out MOAA’s 2021 Transition Guide for advice on these and other topics, and members can visit MOAA’s Webinar Archive for past discussions on all manner of career-related topics, as well as benefit updates and other items of interest.

 

And the work won’t stop in 2021. Already, you can:

  • Visit MOAA’s events page to register for January 2021 events and beyond, including sessions on charting your path in the new year and on acing your next virtual interview.
  • Register for our first virtual career fair of the new year on Feb. 4, where you’ll be able to interact with military-friendly, veteran-ready employers.
  • Check out our virtual Military Executive Transition (MET) program, a one-day workshop to help military leaders and veterans seeking guidance in navigating the civilian sector. Events are on tap for January and March; Premium and Life members receive significant registration discounts.
  • Save the date for Sept. 16, 2021, when MOAA plans to host its annual in-person Military and Veteran Networking Forum at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

 

In addition to the events, you can always keep up with MOAA’s latest career and transition guidance online, and by joining MOAA’s Career and Networking Group on LinkedIn (LinkedIn login required). And Premium and Life members can reach out directly for one-one-one financial education and career consultation services.  

 

Take advantage of any one (or more) of these programs, and let MOAA help you make the best of the new year.

 

MOAA Senior Digital Content Manager Kevin Lilley contributed to this article.

 

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About the Author

Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)
Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)

Anderson joined the staff of MOAA's Career Transition Services Department in August 2011. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force in a wide range of command and staff assignments. Connect with him on LinkedIn.