At Earn Up, we salute veterans and their service to our country. Northeast Florida provides a welcoming environment for all those looking to transition back to civilian life. In fact, Business Insider/WalletHub ranked Jacksonville in the Top 15 Best U.S. Cities for Veterans. Whether you want to leverage military skills to enter one of our target and support industries or attend school to learn a completely new skill set, opportunities abound in the Jacksonville region.
Veterans sometimes struggle to gain civilian employment due of culture gaps between employers and their military pasts. A lot of veterans leave the military after their first enlistment and aren’t quite sure what their long-term career goals might be. It’s a sentiment echoed by many post-9/11 vets. According to the Pew Research Center, 50% of veterans feel unprepared for civilian life. However there are great career options for veterans in a variety of industries, including advanced manufacturing, advanced transportation and logistics, health & biomedical, IT innovation, financial services, public service, social services, education, real estate and more.
Earn Up wants to help make that transition easier by providing access to resources and tools that can help veterans navigate the civilian workforce and prepare vets to find a future employer. In addition to Earn Up, the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition (JMVC) is committed to honoring military veterans. Central to the JMVC vision is the recognition that many of the skills veterans developed in the military – leadership, fast and accurate decision–making, operational focus, and the drive to accomplish a mission – have a direct benefit to Jacksonville businesses. The JMVC works with military organizations, veterans’ groups, industry associations, governmental entities, and Jacksonville businesses to build awareness and understanding of how these skills and cultural attributes make military veterans outstanding employees
Hundreds of thousands of troops leave the service every year in search of a post-military career and Jacksonville is the best place to begin. Discover your Career Pathway by visiting our career pathways page https://earnup.org/career-pathways!