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From Armed Services to Civilian Life: Finding a Home at AdventHealth

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Veterans have extensive training, leadership skills, and a strong work ethic. So why can switching careers be so daunting for service members transitioning into civilian life?

Newly minted veterans are facing a new reality. The civilian world is different from the one they are leaving behind. Jennifer Vincent, SHRM-CP RACR, a Talent Acquisition Partner at AdventHealth, understands those challenges. She served as a logistics specialist in the US Air Force, “Military life offers a sense of routine and structure that is not found in non-service life. So, it took me a little time to find my way and figure out how to provide for my family.”

A photo of Jennifer Vincent in front of a military aircraft during her time in the service.
Jennifer Vincent, SHRM-CP RACR Talent Acquisition Partner | AdventHealth

Another challenge for the men and women who have served is landing a job that fits their calling. Unfortunately, many veterans struggle to find post-military careers that best use their skills and experience. AdventHealth’s Military Job Code Translator answers this problem. The online tool uses an applicant’s military job code to match skills and knowledge to the best possible jobs - and provides a customized list of open positions.

Veterans ending their service may also struggle with essential aspects of job hunting - such as networking. Scott Evans, IT – Data Warehouse Sr. Analyst at AdventHealth, urges veterans to “find other people who are transitioning or have done it and know the ropes. Learn how to network – people want to help people.”

Photo of Scott Evans in his military uniform
Scott C. Evans On Call Lead, Data Warehouse Analyst, Veterans Advocate, Corporate Analytics | AdventHealth

Evans struggled to transition from an intelligence specialist for special operations to civilian life. So much so that he and three of his fellow veterans and AdventHealth coworkers have created a community they have coined as AdventHealth Veterans. The group offers support and assistance to new and current veteran employees as well as community outreach. An example of outreach is the group of veteran employees who have assisted transitioning service members via AdventHealth's partnership with FourBlock, a nationwide community that works to bridge the divide between transitioning veterans and the business community.

When Ashley Hartwell, BSN, RN Assistant Nurse Manager, Endoscopy, Pre-op, PACU, was hired at AdventHealth, she felt like she had joined a family, “They work hard at taking in and taking care of veterans. They are one of the few organizations that offer the complete package - guidance, advice, employee assistance programs, and long-term career growth potential. AdventHealth also does a lot to recognize our military employees on Veteran’s Day. At last year’s ceremony, they highlighted our lives and experiences and honored us with a special coin created for the event.”

A collage of Ashley's photos from her time in the military
Ashley C. N. Hartwell, BSN, RN Assistant Nurse Manager Endoscopy, Pre-op, PACU |Texas Health Hospital Mansfield

At AdventHealth, veterans are welcome, and everybody belongs. Our inclusive culture is one way we help the people in our care create a life of whole health. Today, AdventHealth is one of the largest health care providers working to Extend the Healing Ministry of Christ around the country.

To join our family, visit AdventHealth Careers for Veterans - Jobs.

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