Gartner Launches Business and Industry Roundtable with Student Veterans of America
At Gartner we are thrilled to be a partnering with Student Veterans of America (SVA) to help provide student veterans with employment opportunities. We hope to encourage career growth among student veterans by making industry tools and knowledge accessible during the Business and Industry Roundtable program in January.
On Thursday, May 31 SVA announced its Business and Industry Roundtable program, naming Gartner as a founding member of the coalition. This coalition of enterprises is committed to providing employment opportunities to student veterans using education as a transition strategy, and bringing together diverse employee resource groups and student veterans nationwide. Many corporations’ recruiters focus on veterans as they leave the military, while this collaboration offers companies a link to veterans with college degrees. A first of its kind collaboration, this group of corporations is committed — through SVA — to engage directly with the 100,000 annual graduating veterans, providing a personal pipeline to corporate expertise in how to find and pursue career opportunities. They will build strong networks, mentoring relationships and will engage with SVA’s over 1,500 chapters.
Student Veterans of America has regularly aimed to showcase career opportunities for student veterans, and to help them make informed decisions. According to SVA’s groundbreaking 2017 National Veteran Education Success Tracker (NVEST) research, student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill are more likely to earn academically-rigorous degrees sought after by leading public and private sector employers. For example, veterans are more likely to graduate and to attain degrees in the fields of business, health, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), compared to their non-veteran student counterparts. Student veterans also earn on average a 3.35 GPA, compared to the national average of 3.11. These statistics demonstrate that student veterans are talent hiding in plain sight for companies across the country.
The twenty one founding members of the Roundtable include Accenture, Aetna, Amazon, BASF, Booz Allen Hamilton, Comcast/NBC Universal, Deloitte, Edelman, Edward Jones, First Data, Gartner, General Dynamics, JPMorgan Chase & Co., LinkedIn, LMI, Lockheed Martin, Meijer, Microsoft, Prudential/PGIM, PwC and Raytheon.
“Student Veterans of America provides a competitive talent pool of sales candidates.” said Laney Oaks, a Global Sales Recruiter at Gartner. “These students not only have the life experience of serving our country, they also have perseverance, dedication, and drive to succeed professionally beyond their military service. Gartner is a great career step for students in SVA to consider, as we are focused on providing a welcoming atmosphere for veterans that goes beyond “thank you for your service”- we empower and assist our veteran new hires in their transition from military to civilian life.”
The Business and Industry Roundtable held a kick-off meeting at SVA’s 10th annual National Conference in January at the J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas, where goals and programmatic needs to support the student veteran community were discussed. The Roundtable is expected to hold at least two meetings each year, and to work collaboratively with SVA, SVA chapters and student veterans year-round.
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