Have you heard? The West Point Association of Graduates has a new, enhanced Career Services program. Officially launched in April 2019 in response to a growing number of graduate requests for career assistance, the program helps grads—whether transitioning from the military to the civilian job market, switching jobs midcareer, or re-entering the job market at a different stage of life— become successful job seekers and gain access to opportunities within WPAOG’s ever-expanding network. To date, the program, which introduces several new features for grads and improves on the benefits Career Services has traditionally offered, has helped place 252 grads into new positions.
WPAOG now has three full-time employees dedicated to Career Services, and all three are West Point graduates: Miguel Gutierrez ’80, Director, and Scott Leishman ’77 and Julia Ruddock ’07, Assistant Directors. Based on their own West Point, Army and combined 43 years of Career/recruiting experiences, they are all deeply aware of graduates’ strengths and are familiar with the challenges and opportunities grads are likely to encounter in their job search. Grads are paired with a member of WPAOG’s Career Services team who will assist them through the stages of a successful job search, particularly developing a strategy and networking.
Complementing WPAOG’s team of career services experts is an Industry Network of graduate advisors who can offer tailored advice to job-seeking grads in a variety of industries, as well as a Geographical Network of regional graduate advisors operating through local West Point Societies. WPAOG serves as the “hub” of these networks, forging and facilitating connections among job seekers, corporations, and grad advisors willing to help fellow members of the Long Gray Line.
Text “careerservices” to 51555 to stay up to date on hot jobs, webinars and announcements from the WPAOG Career Services team.