Boot Camp Boosts Confidence

Clinton Township Career Center
Submitted by John Babcock

Retired Coast Guard veteran, Nathan White, spent some time working in Afghanistan as a contractor to manage helicopter maintenance for the U.S. Army. Following his return home at the end of the contract, Nathan utilized the VA Vocational Rehabilitation training benefit and earned first a Bachelor of Social Work degree and then a Master of Social Work.

Part of the requirement to receive funding for school was to participate in the Michigan Works! Veteran Employability Boot Camp. The Boot Camp offered Nathan networking with other veterans and increased knowledge of Pure Michigan Talent Connect and job search strategy.

Nathan’s review of the Boot Camp is, “I found all the sessions that week helpful. Yet, the interviewing skills sessions allowed me to gain more insight on my strengths and weaknesses while serving to boost my confidence for upcoming job opportunities I wanted to explore. I appreciated the instruction throughout the week of the Boot Camp, the resources provided, and gaining different insight from the various Michigan Works! presenters.”

Today Nathan is working full-time in his field of study as a Behavioral Health Counselor for Ascension Health.