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VETS: Veterans Enablement and Troop Support - Inclusion & Diversity

Cisco Employee Resource Organizations (EROs) are global volunteer groups focused on making a positive difference in local communities while aligning to Cisco's business objectives. Tapping into their passion for giving back and leveraging their varied skill sets, Cisco employees are encouraged to harness the power of networks to help impact the lives of individuals who can benefit from the goodwill of our employees.

One of our most active EROs is the Veteran's Enablement and Troop Support (VETS) group, which sponsors several events throughout the year in support of our communities' military veterans. The Cisco VETS ERO helps veterans transition successfully into civilian life by providing mentoring support and career guidance to those who have been committed to serving our country.

Employers like Cisco recognize the many valuable skills veterans bring to the workforce (i.e. teamwork and leadership skills, the ability to learn quickly and work under pressure, a strong work ethic and dedication to the mission). However, there's often no easy way to translate their experience into civilian employment requirements. To help meet this challenge, Cisco's VETS organization sponsors an annual Veteran's Career Transition Day (VCTD) which enables transitioning service members, veterans, spouses, and caregivers to learn more about resources available and help with the transition into civilian careers.

Each year Cisco's VETS Employee Resource Organization sponsors several events in support of our troops. These include:

  • Memorial Day Care Package Drive
    The ERO collects donations to send our deployed troops. Each year the Care Package Drive is dedicated to an individual who has shown extraordinary courage and dedication in the service of our country.
  • Holiday Calling Card Drive
    This event is all about connecting our deployed service men and women with their loved ones back home. Cisco employees solicit donations of homemade holiday cards, which they stuff with calling cards and send to deployed troops. This program garners tremendous support from our communities, with friends, extended family, local churches, boy scouts and other groups participating.
  • Veterans Career Transition Day (VCTD)
    VCTD is a live event sponsored by several Cisco campuses around the United States. VCTD is attended by Veterans who are transitioning from their military careers to civilian life. Cisco and other participating companies host a day-long event where transitioning Vets can learn about career options, get resume-writing tips and network with Cisco employees and other Veterans. This event is typically held in October/November. As the event approaches, check back for specific details, registration information and participating Cisco locations.

Gain Career Guidance with the Cisco Mentorship Program

Cisco's Military Mentorship Program connects transitioning veterans with Cisco employees, providing valuable guidance and support as veterans prepare for careers outside the military.

Mentors and veterans are matched based on their career objectives and professional experience. Mentors have a wide variety of professional expertise, from IT and project management to operations, supply chain, marketing, finance and more. This provides visibility into career options many veterans may not have considered.

If you would like to be matched with a Cisco mentor, fill out our Mentor Survey Request. Once the survey data is received (downloaded every 2-weeks), a Cisco VETS-ERG Mentor will be assigned and you will receive the assignment Email directing you to make contact with your Mentor. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Mentor Request team at Email mentor-request@cisco.com PDF Icon

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Cisco Networking Academy provides IT training curriculum at over 9,000 education institutions across the globe (including high schools, community colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations). Courses are delivered within a classroom environment or self-paced and include hands-on labs and interactive simulation tools to create a dynamic learning experience. Completion of Cisco Networking Academy courses can lead to industry-recognized certification (including: A+, CCENT, CCNA, CCNA-Security, CCNP), which are in high demand by employers in today's workforce. In addition, students who take part in Networking Academy gain access to a myriad of career resources through NetAcad Advantage, a global career resource site developed to help alumni succeed in careers in IT.

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Take Charge of Your Career Journey with US Military Pipeline

Cisco partners with Futures, Inc. to offer a cloud-based career and job resource portal that maps military job codes with civilian job openings. The portal is free to job seekers and employers, and is scalable to all branches of the armed forces.

Hero to Hired (H2H.jobs) job portal supported all Reserve Components and the National Guard with over 245,000 documented hires in 20 months.

  • H2H has been replaced by the US Military Pipeline.
  • The US IT Pipeline (based on the US Military Pipeline technology) supports Cisco CSR related Veteran programs providing access to IT training leading to certifications and jobs.

Identify Employers Looking to Hire Vets through the 100,000 Jobs Mission

Cisco joined JPMorgan Chase's 100,000 Jobs Mission as a founding member. Today the mission consists of a coalition of 176 companies (and growing) who are committed to collectively hiring 200,000 veterans by 2016. To learn more visit: 100,000 Jobs Mission