Tailored career guidance resource is free for sailor's lifetime

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Tailored career guidance resource is free for sailor's lifetime

by: Ensign Riley Cornett | .
Naval Edu. and Training Cmd. | .
published: December 06, 2013

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Sailors planning ahead for an eventual transition from naval service, are encouraged to take advantage of the Kuder Journey career guidance system; a pilot program available through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) that ends enrollments Dec. 31.

The program can be initiated at any stage of a military career.

"Once activated, the Kuder Journey accounts are good for a service member's lifetime," said Master Chief Hospital Corpsman David Acuff, DANTES Senior Enlisted Advisor. "The program offers assessments, tailored career guidance, and aids with a search that narrows down a list of compatible occupational fields."

"From those occupations, the education required to pursue that career will be presented, along with information on financial aid, job searches, and placement tools. Providing tailored career guidance is important to DANTES, which is why they are providing this intuitive resource for career guidance."

Ensign Irving Rosenstein from Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola is currently transitioning from active duty and found the program to be a valuable resource. In assessing his civilian career options, he used the Kuder Journey program.

"Activating my account and taking the surveys was quick and easy," said Rosenstein. "The program generated suggested career fields and positions within them that I was well suited for and were of interest to me. The program then provided details about the careers including the education and qualifications for entry, along with the projected outlook of growth or decline over the next ten years."

Rosenstein was relatively confident that he wanted to go back to school and become a physician or physician's assistant, and the Kuder program recommended the medical field as the top fit for him based on its assessments.

"The other career suggestions that Kuder produced had merit as well as sparking my interest so I am impressed by the program's level of accuracy," added Rosenstein. "The program provides many valuable resources after identifying careers to target as well, especially for military members looking to transition to the civilian world."

Service members visiting the Kuder Journey Career Guidance System will notice multiple tools to assist military members looking to transition to civilian occupations. Users transitioning to civilian employment can choose their military specialty from a list and the closest matches to civilian occupation are provided by the program. Scores from the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) may also be input by the user for Kuder to provide occupations for the member to consider.

The program also supplies information on government-friendly employers, colleges for given locations and career fields, and military financial aid options, including GI Bill information.

"No middle man, no tokens, no wait," said Candice Rice, DANTES counselor program manager. "In less than 30 minutes, active duty, Guard, and reserve personnel can self-register and take all three of the Kuder Journey Assessments to learn more about themselves."

Once activated, accounts provide a variety of comprehensive and user-friendly tools to assist in career and degree planning as well as the job search process.
To get a Kuder Journey account, there are just three easy steps to get started:

  1. 1.    Visit www.dantes.kuder.com;
  2. 2.    Watch the User Registration and Overview Tutorials;
  3. 3.    Register as a new user. (Remember to always select Adult job seeker or career changer, I'm a veteran or active member of the military.) Note: Following the steps above will prevent delays in registration and from being asked to submit a $35 payment.

Retirees, family members, and civilians who are interested in a lifetime user code should contact Kuder Customer Support at support@kuder.com or 877-999-6227.

For more information and training materials, visit the DANTES Counselor Support web page or contact DANTES Counseling Support at counseling@navy.mil.

For more news from Naval Education and Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnet/.

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