We have all heard the old cliché "don't judge a book by its cover," but do you still make quick judgements and assumptions based on what you see or maybe what you have heard versus actual logical knowledge? One of the challenges a veteran may face when returning to the civilian workforce is overcoming assumptions and stereotypes.
Thanks to the media, civilians many times have a far different perception of a military veteran. When the Center for a New American Security surveyed representatives from dozens of companies, many said negative stereotypes were one of the challenges associated with hiring veterans. The five most common stereotypes veterans face on their return include:
- Veterans are a ticking time bomb
- Veterans are less educated than their civilian counterpart
- Veterans have alcohol or drug related problems
- Veterans have PTSD
- Veterans have no transferable skills
These generalizations could not be further from the truth.
On July 15, HIMSS Veteran Career Services (VCS) hosted guest speaker, retired Captain Steve Vincent. Steve retired from the Navy in 2012 after serving 25 years. Since retiring Steve has been very active in the support of transitioning military to careers in health IT. Steve discussed the importance of Getting Past Military Stereotypes and understanding the value a veteran brings to the workforce.
Military men and women work in an environment that many civilians don’t quite understand. As veterans accept their next assignment into the civilian workforce, employers should put assumptions and stereotypes aside and give these men and women of honor the opportunity to prove themselves as individuals.
How will you get pass the stereotypes?