CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Transitioning back to civilian life can be difficult for a soldier, but a program is in the works to help student veterans become more career ready. Terri Howe, Director of Career Services at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has designed a career transition assistance pilot program (CTAP) for military veteran students who are working toward their undergraduate degrees. The program will provide customized career counseling for student veterans to promote successful career decision-making and goal setting. Howe is currently seeking up to 20 students to participate in the pilot program. The deadline to sign up is Monday, Aug. 1.
Howe, a Licensed Professional Counselor, has worked at Career Services at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi since 2001 and has been the Director of Career Services since 2014. She is a two-time Islander alumna, receiving both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from A&M-Corpus Christi. The CTAP program is her dissertation work for a doctoral degree. She expects to graduate in December 2016.
“I am grateful to be doing this work to benefit Islander students who I have come to know and respect, while also doing research on strategies to help veterans attain meaningful employment,” said Howe. “Veterans are an often underrepresent population in terms of career counseling assistance. Few universities have career counseling programs that address the unique needs of veterans.”
Student veterans who qualify for the 10-week CTAP program will meet with a career counselor to process the effects of the military environment on their future career path. The student will also participate in a job shadow, mentorship or paid internship related to their major. Additionally, the first round of student participants will be tapped for feedback, to improve the program for future Islanders.
“Because 53 percent of exiting military veterans face a period of unemployment, it’s crucial to have a program in place to help meet their unique career decision-making needs,” said Howe. “I developed this program with strategies to help them be successful. And, it’s not just a flash in the pan program here for one semester. I plan on refining this program and offering it every semester. I would like to help create a culture of assisting veterans to improve their retention, successfully complete their degrees and go on to attain their career goals.”
If you are an undergraduate student veteran and would like to participate in the program, contact Terri Howe at 361.825.2629; or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you qualify.