Veterans, spouses, and reservists all living in the Atlantic provinces are invited to the first Military Employment Transition (MET) Atlantic Conference on May 31 and June 1. The conference is a rare opportunity for members of the military community to find connect with various business.
“If you’re anywhere near even thinking of transitioning out, or you’re a reservist, this is an opportunity in your backyard that you don’t want to miss. We’re not going to get to do this every year so take advantage of this opportunity and bring your best attitude. Sign up for the workshops, sign up for events of the day and see where it takes you,” said Kevin Cameron Director of MET Programs, Canada Company.
The conference is broken down into two days. Day one, held at the Halifax MFRC, will mostly consist of workshops conducted by resident career practitioners on how members can learn to prepare themselves for a civilian career, including tips on resume writing and skills translation.
Day two, held at the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre, is focused on education and awareness and consists of four major components. The first component is a workshop for military members to hear expert advice from a panel of sector hiring experts. The experts will give feedback on best practices.
The second component is a similar workshop for military spouses.The third panel is between employer partners in charge of hiring decisions with the MET team to discuss the benefits of hiring military members.
The conference will round off with a job fair in the afternoon.
“Some of these companies will be national companies that have hiring practices in the Atlantic provinces, but we are really aiming to tap into the pure Atlantic companies in all industries,” stated Cameron.
A broad range of companies will be present from various industries. Attendees will have a chance to explore the various companies and hand in resumes.
The MET program holds regional conferences annually as a combination of educating members and connecting them with potential employers. This is the first of its kind in the Atlantic region.
“This year we decided to put some attention into Atlantic Canada to expand our employer network and to also expand the knowledge of what we do a little bit more thoroughly with the military community down there,” mentioned Cameron.
The MET program is an initiative of Canada Company. The aim of the program is to allow business leaders and human resources professionals a chance to interact with military members with the end goal of helping transitioning military members find civilian employment based on their experience and needs.
Though it is not required to be a MET member to attend the conference, it is recommended, says Cameron, as attendees can have the tools and preparation well in advance. Signing up for the MET program is free.
The conference is open to and free for all members of the military community including veterans and spouses. Pre-registration is required for several events.
For more information or to register for the MET Atlantic Conference visit the Canada Company website.
Featured image: Chief of Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk and Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, stand on the ships bridge wing as Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown comes along side the Canadian Forces Halifax Dockyard.