UTSA student veterans: Apply now for American Corporate Partners mentoring

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(March 28, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is working with American Corporate Partners (ACP), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans make the transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce, to offer professional mentorship opportunities to post-9/11 student veterans. Twenty-five slots in the ACP Mentoring program are reserved for students referred by UTSA. The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 15.

What does ACP offer?

ACP offers a one-on-one, yearlong mentorship with a corporate professional in a career field of your interest. Its mentors come from one of its 50 participating institutions including the University of Texas System as well as Boeing, EFH, IBM, Deloitte, Hospital Corporation of America, Johnson & Johnson, Oxy, USAA, Wells Fargo and many others.

>> For a list of participating institutions, visit the ACP website.

"I have been a mentor through ACP for some really amazing veterans making their transition from active duty, reserve and guard to the civilian sector," said Audrey Magnuson, director of the UTSA Career Center, a veteran and a three-year ACP volunteer mentor.

"ACP does a great job of matching mentors with mentees that have interests and goals similar to your expertise and background," Magnuson said. "The benefits of mentoring someone through a major life change can be as simple as lending an ear or providing encouragement to take the first steps in a new direction. It can be as as major as connecting them to a contact in your network that results in an employment opportunity."

What can UTSA student veterans gain from an ACP mentorship?

  • Learn about career opportunities.
  • Build a network of professionals.
  • Improve your resume and interview skills.
  • Translate your military experience into civilian terms.
  • Learn how to advance at your current job.
  • Refine your career goals and professional ambitions.

According to ACP statistics, 95 percent of veterans who participate in the ACP program recommend its services to fellow veterans. ACP has reserved 25 slots in their mentoring program specifically for those referred by UTSA who want to enhance their career development.

>> To be considered for a mentorship, apply by Tuesday, April 15. In the referral space, be sure to write that you were referred by UTSA, and ACP staff will give your application priority.

For more information, email Rachel Providence or Elvira Jacquez.