OMAHA – University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) military-affiliated students are making connections and picking up valuable advice about making the transition into the private sector thanks to a new series hosted by UNO’s Office of Military and Veteran Services.
Launched this academic year, Lunch and Learn forums feature discussions with representatives from large area employers, specifically tailored for students who have served or are currently serving in the military.
At the latest event, Northrop Grumman representatives didn’t just donate their time and expertise - the company also presented a $14,500 check to support UNO and University of Nebraska programming.
“Northrop Grumman looks forward to a long and productive partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is excited to make this contribution to the University,” said Doug Pachunka, director of Northrop Grumman Information Systems.
From left: Doug Pachunka (Northrop Grumman), Mike Connolly (UNO), Dr. Deepak Khazanchi (UNO) and Deb Baggenstoss (Northrop Grumman)
Following the check presentation, representatives from Northrop Grumman chatted one-on-one with students, then participated in a panel, discussing their own transitions into the workforce following military service.
Employees stressed the importance of explaining how a military skillset translates to job responsibilities during an interview. They gave advice on creating a résumé and standing out from other job applicants.
“Our office is fully committed to helping our students thrive academically and find a career that fits their skills and interests,” said Mike Connolly, Director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services. “These events are an important part of our mission. We’re grateful for the support.”
Tuesday’s event was the office’s second Lunch and Learn event. Their first event featured a panel with representatives from First Data.
UNO is the nation’s top four-year institution for veterans according to the 2015 “Best for Vets” rankings released by the Military Times. Both Northrop Grumman and First Data have been recognized for their commitment to supporting our troops and veterans. Northrop Grumman has programs such as Operation Impact, that provide transition support to military service members and their families. First Data has a company-wide military engagement strategy called First Data Salutes.
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Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.