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How can a veteran get a position (paid or unpaid) in an investment banking or large media firm without all of the qualifications?


Ja'sean Sanderson New York, NY

Some people's upbringings didn't position them for corporate success in early adulthood. Serving in the military and being from disadvataged backgrounds can put you behind the curve. By the time you realize the opportunities the world possesses and interests that you were never introduced to, it seems like you are in a hole and corporate success is on the outside.

30 July 2020 2 replies Career Advancement



Kiley Pontrelli Morrisville, NC

Hi Ja'sean -

I echo what Gerald says. You can and you WILL make it happen!

Many investment banks, and corporate institutions in general, have a dedicated rotational program or internship for veterans to help the transition (teach the background and products of the company, help you network across the company and find what your interests/passions are). Check out Veterans on Wall Street.

I'd also recommend leveraging any/all resources you have access to - meeting people via ACP, USO Pathfinder Program, RecruitMilitary job fairs, LinkedIn, reaching out to the Veterans Networks of companies that you are interested in. Networking is SO CRITICAL!

Be willing to take opportunities/offers that aren't exactly what you might want to do long term, but that will get you a foot in the door, allow you to learn the structure of the company and network with people who can get you to where you want to be.

Wishing you all the best!


Gerald Mannikarote Houston, TX

This is understandably a challenging situation, but not something you can't handle. There are several things you can do. There are many companies that are proud to employ veterans. You just need to let them know your interest.
- Update your resume to include and highlight projects you have worked on in the military, not just your education.
-Update your LinkedIn to reflect the projects
- If you have any certifications, be sure to highlight those
- There are many LinkedIn, Google certifications you could consider completing to augument your education and make your education look more attractive
- NETWORK. Join a local Toastmasters, local church group, local veterans group, local whatever and get your name out there. Networking is the best way to meet people that know about job openings and get you connected. Leverage LinkedIn to network as well
- Volunteer your services- at church, local neighborhood, etc to create new experience. If you do a project related to your field of knowledge at a church, school, neighborhood association, you can put that down as experience.

I hope this helps. Wishing you success.
Warm regards,

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