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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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