Putting Veterans to Work

Michael Dunford, Covidien senior vice president of human resources, speaks to veterans about translating military skills into civilian jobs.

Local employers hold program to help vets recognize skills



MANSFIELD – Forty-five percent of veterans need help finding a job, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports.
And, many vets say one of their biggest challenges is communicating to potential employers how their military skills might apply to civilian jobs.

Now, Covidien, the health care product provider headquartered in Mansfield, is trying to address the problem.
The company, which employs 1,500 workers and about 450 to 500 veterans, linked up with six other life science businesses in Massachusetts to host free career training workshops for veterans, the last of which ended on July 29.
Michael Dunford, Covidien’s senior vice president of human resources, organized a pilot program of Edge4Vets, a career development initiative run by the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University in New York City.
Dunford, who served as a reserve officer in the Marine Corps, said he learned how the workshop benefited veterans in New York and wanted to bring the program to Massachusetts, where life sciences is the state’s fastest growing job sector.
“Veterans have a number of skills that make them good candidates for jobs in life sciences,” Dunford said. “They’ve been trained to work hard to meet deadlines in extremely tough environments, and veterans have a deep sense about how to lead their peers.”
Human resources representatives from Biogen Idec, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Fresenius Medical Care, Pfizer and Haemonetics, along with Covidien, served as mentors for 31 veterans during three workshops once a week for three weeks from July 15 to July 29 at Biogen Idec in Cambridge.
Tom Murphy, director of the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham and founder of Edge4Vets in 2011, explained the details of the workshops.



We See The World From All Sides and Want YOU To Be Fully Informed
In fact, intentional disinformation is a disgraceful scourge in media today. So to assuage any possible errant incorrect information posted herein, we strongly encourage you to seek corroboration from other non-VT sources before forming an educated opinion.

About VT - Policies & Disclosures - Comment Policy
Due to the nature of uncensored content posted by VT's fully independent international writers, VT cannot guarantee absolute validity. All content is owned by the author exclusively. Expressed opinions are NOT necessarily the views of VT, other authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners, or technicians. Some content may be satirical in nature. All images are the full responsibility of the article author and NOT VT.
Previous articleThe War on Veterans: Judge Otero, not to be trusted, not by a long shot
Next articleTop 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 20, 2013