Michigan Legislation Eases Way for Veterans to Turn Military Skills into Civilian Jobs

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) last week signed a series of bills aimed at streamlining the process for veterans to gain professional licenses in the same fields they pursued in the military.

The five bills Snyder signed cover veterans attempting to transfer their military experience into a variety of occupations, including emergency medical technicians, fire fighters, stationary steam engineers and boilers operators, mechanical contractors and residential builders, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

“We need to create a clear path for our veterans to use these skills in Michigan’s workforce and help our state’s continued comeback,” said Snyder at the 2013 Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent, where he signed the measure allowing medical specialists to apply their military experience to the requirements needed to gain state certification as an emergency medical technician.

The summit, designed to connect Michigan employers with veterans, also included a panel session addressing the challenges faced by veterans entering the civilian job market. Michelle Salvatore, director of recruiting for Quicken Loans, said some employers struggle to recognize how military training can be applied to their workforce needs, reported the MLive Media Group.

“One of the big challenges that we had, is when you’re looking at a resume of someone who has served, how do you translate what they did in the military to our world?” Salvatore said.

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