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Veteran’s Career Development John Merladet, Ph.D., MBA, L.P. Psychologist CWT/Polytrauma Program Steve Koenig, MBA, PMP, Lean Six Sigma Deluxe Corporation.

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1 Veteran’s Career Development John Merladet, Ph.D., MBA, L.P. Psychologist CWT/Polytrauma Program Steve Koenig, MBA, PMP, Lean Six Sigma Deluxe Corporation & MN Army National Guard, Staff Sergeant

2 Statement of no dual relationship or Conflict of interest Presenters make no representations direct or implied in the media and images presented in this presentation beyond their use as examples to illustrate points discussed in this presentation. All media and images are available in the public domain. I am the Treasure of the MCDA.

3 Who is Dr. Merladet -- Screenings for VA Re-employment program Interventions: Coaching Psychology, MI, PS, ACT Employer Consultation and Training in HR Post Secondary Guidance Assessments: Developmental, Personality and Career Adjunct Instructor Argosy University: IO Psychology and the Business School Summit Leadership Consulting

4 Who is Steve Koenig 16 Year Veteran of the Army and Minnesota National Guard Successful Entrepreneur and Businessman Local Resident, Family Man and Volunteer MBA PMP Lean Six Sigma

5 Agenda for Today What is career development related to vets. How does the Military influence the process. Examine some career forestalls seen in todays OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. How can one be a change agent in a vet’s career path. Q&A

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9 The Veteran Experience by Ad Counsel

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11 Why is this Important now We are living in a VUCA World Eric. G. Kail, -United States Military Academy -Currently the course director for our military leadership instruction within the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership -Battalion Commander at 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment Colonel V— Variability U— Uncertainty C— Chaotic A— Ambiguity

12 The Struggle

13 What did Walt Disney and Christopher Columbus have in Common with what todays talent needs? And 1930s1400s

14 Types of jobs that will be in demand for a long time to come the great corroborators the great leveragers the great synthesizers the passionate personalizers the great localizers the “green ones” the great explainers and the great adapters.

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16 Consequence

17 Paul Potts Sings Nessun Dorma

18 Career Theory In Review Parsons Dawis/Lofquist Holland Super Krumboltz Gottfredson – Trait and Factor – Theory of Work Adjustment – Person-Environment Matching – Life Span/Life Space – Social Learning Theory of Career Decision Making / Learning Theory of Career Counseling – Circumscription, Compromise, and Self-Creation

19 Third Generation Lent, Brown, & Hackett Peterson, Sampson, Reardon, & Lenz Hansen Brown – Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) – Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) – Integrative Life Planning (ILP) – Holistic/Values Based

20 Post Modern Sue & Sue Young & Cochran Hansen Miller – Diverse populations/identity /gender/GLBT/ Diversity Management – Contextualization & Construtivits – Integrative Life Planning (ILP) – Hapanstance/Chance in Career choice

21 Steve’s stuff World of Work Effects

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51 Continue with John’s stuff School And Take home points

52 Psychological Inflexibility when addressing back to school Too Old Not smart enough What if I get into an argument I don’t fit in I’ll get flashbacks Fear and no confidence They are too young I don’t like crowds I have memory problems I feel like a freshman

53 Competency v Confidence Transition Difficulties. Peer Engagement. Mental Health Needs of the veteran. Academic Preparedness (specialized tutors). Financial Aid/Benefits Early experiences in school. Perceived self efficacy about achievement in general.

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55 Veteran Feedback Post First Semester in Post Secondary “I absorb energy from the other students…” “Average age is 31… just like me…” “I feel so much better…” “I am first one in class so I can rule out the students coming in as not threats…its also gives me a chance to relax before class time…” “I like learning…” “I sit as close to the professor to keep focused…in HS I would move away from teachers...the further the better…” “I sit in front of class to make speeches in speech class, standing at podium gives me flashbacks backs…”

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57 What About Veterans with Disabilities Returning to Work & School

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59 Evidenced Based Supported Employment Assume Employability Early in Treatment Assertive Engagement and Outreach Ongoing Assessment in the Context of Treatment; all stakeholders Involved Employment Outcomes are a Function of Rehabilitation and Treatment Zero Exclusion Integration of Voc Rehab with Treatment Competitive Employment Benefits Counseling Rapid Job Search Follow-along Supports Elimination of Readiness Criteria for Access to Employment The Only Criteria for Supported Employment is the Desire to Work Build Confidence About One’s Ability to Work Through Encouragement and Support Promoting Active Treatment and Dignity of Risk in Pursuing Normative Life Experiences / Employment

60 Supported Education Civilian SEd programs embedded in health care host institutions have shown effectiveness both in SEd models with loose collaboration (health facility mobile vans bring their clients to campuses and provide ongoing support to attend mainstream classes and to broker with college staff/services) and close collaboration with post-secondary institutions (health institution staff have an established office on campus, college faculty come to the health care facility to conduct self-contained cohort academic readiness classes, college faculty offer self-contained cohort classes to the health institution’s identified patients, etc.).

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62 This could be you. The Encourager of Others!

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68 Possibilities Achievement Purpose Breakthroughs Denny Stockdale Visionary

69 Encouragement Being honest Confidential Listening with open heart and mind Constructive feedback Ask questions to clarify understating Compassion Without for too much accountability Remember strengths Focusing on the can-do’s

70 A shift in paradigm Not what’s wrong, but what’s right! what’s missing, but what’s there! about a destination, but a journey!

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72 Contact Information John Merladet Steve Koenig


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