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Military-Related Students

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Military-related students enter UCSB with valuable skills that employers and graduate schools seek, including discipline, dedication, resilience, responsibility, leadership, multicultural awareness, and foreign language skills, in addition to various technical skills.

No matter your career path, Career Services can help you discover and hone in on your skills and experience, as well as assist you with developing new tools to advance your career trajectory. We support you in reaching your professional goals and encourage you to use this page as a starting point to move forward.



community liaison icon​  Community Liaison to Military-Related Students: Derek Musashe


Key Campus Resources

Discover Options: Military-Related Students

For complete information on assessing yourself, choosing majors, and exploring careers, review our starter tips to Discover Options in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.

Connecting With Veterans in Your Field

Chances are, there is a veteran in the workforce who is pursuing a career path which you hope to break into, or working for a company that you aspire to work for. This means that they have already experienced what you are going through, and have accumulated valuable lessons regarding what it takes to thrive in the professional world. Additionally, unlike other professionals in the industry, veterans can provide you with personal insight regarding the challenges that you may face as a veteran, and how to overcome them. To make connections, begin by asking friends, family members, professors, or others if they know professionals who you can connect with. If you form a strong connection with some, consider asking them to be your mentor.

Learn More 

To get started, read about speaking to someone who inspires you. Then, explore the UCSB Alumni page on LinkedIn, as well as the Gaucho Network and military networking platforms.


Knowing Your Personal Assets

Having veteran experience equips you with a unique skill set which is valued by employers and helps you stand out from your competition. That said, it is important to understand and reflect on these skills in order to apply them to your career and use them to your advantage in the pursuit of landing your dream position. 

Things to think about:

  • Did you acquire foreign language proficiency overseas, and if not, what other methods of communication did you practice?
  • What technical skills did you acquire? This can include organization and management of part inventories, team cohesiveness skills, and more.
  • Were you trusted with any leadership roles?
  • Did you serve abroad? If so, what cultural awareness and practices were acquired?

If you are unsure what your personal assets are, or want to learn more about implementing them in your career, Career Services offers the Clifton Strengths Test to help students understand where their skills lie and how to implement them to enhance their career.

Learn More 

To learn more about the unique strengths you offer the workforce, read’s article, “10 Reasons to Hire Vets.”​