So, you may have heard of Google. They’re kind of a big deal on the Internet. But did you know that Google has a Veterans Network? Neither did I.
VetNet is Google’s veterans networking program designed to assist veterans, military spouses, and service members by providing tools, support, and resources to begin or advance their careers.
Google VetNet Career Week 2021
From June 22nd through June 24th, Google’s VetNet will host their 2021 Career Week, which is a virtual three-day event that will include panels covering functions of industry, “fireside” chats with corporate level executives from Google and other companies, hands-on training, and 1:1 resume reviews with members of Google’s team.
Each day is themed:
- 22 June – Career Tools
- 23 June – Inspirational Leadership
- 24 June – Applying What You Learned
On day one, starting at noon (EDT), Google will open with a welcome kickoff and LinkedIn profile recommendations. Do not skip over the LinkedIn piece – at many of the career fairs I’ve attended, you often get to connect your profile to some heavy-hitters in the recruiting and hiring fields. (That’s called “networking”!)
Over the following 5 hours, there will be concurrent seminars, 3 each hour, and you will choose which one you wish to attend each hour. Topics will include:
- Functional Paths for Veterans and MilSpouses in the areas of Business, Engineering, and Tech
- Deep Dives into the industries of Healthcare, Technology, Gaming/Entertainment, and more.
These seminars will feature panelists from the following companies:
- Proctor & Gamble
- Electronic Arts (EA)
- Wells Fargo
- Goldman Sachs
- So many more!
The panelists featured in these seminars are C-Suite executives for their respective companies, and they have a ton of advice and experiences to pass on to all attendees.
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Day two, again starting at noon, has three major events.
The first is a fireside chat with Amy Goldfinger, the Senior Vice President of Global Talent at Walmart, and Lisa Geveleber, Vice President of Grow with Google. They will discuss the value veterans and military spouses bring to the corporate workforce.
This will be followed by a fireside chat with Alex Gorsky, the CEO of Johnson & Johnson, and Ruth Porat, the Chief Financial Officer for Alphabet/Google. They will discuss organizational leadership throughout the global pandemic.
The final event of the day is very exciting! This executive panel, called The Keys to Successful Entrepreneurship, will feature the following panelists:
- Amy McDonough, GM & Managing Director at FitBit
- Todd Connor, CEO of Bunker Labs
- Bethany Coates, CEO of BreakLine
- Don Foul, CEO of Athos
The panel will discuss entrepreneurship, starting your own business, and working for a startup. These executives will share their stories of starting their own businesses, the lessons learned from their failures, and things to consider when taking on a new venture.
Apply What You Learned
On this final day of Career Week 2021, there are three main events.
You will have the opportunity to connect with a Googler for 20-25 minutes for a personal resume review and discussion about careers.
Additionally, there will be a session discussing learning and certificate programs that can help set you up for a new career.
Finally, there will be a “Navigating Next Workshop”, which is powered by Shift and will likely cover the next steps you should take in your adventure.
View the Full Schedule for Career Week 2021.
Google Veteran Network Registration
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if you are just beginning the transition to a civilian career, or if you’ve been in the workforce for years. This event will give you life lessons, valuable networking opportunities, and advice to assist in your journey.
You must be registered by June 1, 2021 to participate. So, mark your calendars and register here:
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About the author
Robert Haynes is a retired Army infantryman who has a squad of kids and is married to an active duty Soldier. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, who spent his last few years in the Army as a Drill Sergeant. He is now a full-time dad, freelance writer, and out-of-work comedian.