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Google presenters and USO Camp Pendleton hosted a “Grow with Google” workshop for service members, veterans and military spouses transitioning to civilian life.

Veteran James Durago, a Google employee, led the workshop, which focused on free Google tools and resources to enhance the job search experience for the military and veteran community. Presenters instructed attendees how to use a military occupation code (MOS, AFSC, NEC or rating) to find civilian jobs and ways to pinpoint remote work options for military spouses.

Durago co-leads the Google Veteran’s Network, which aims to solve challenges in the veterans community with Google products and recruit top veteran talent.

Congressman Mike Levin (D-CA) also attended the event.

“As chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, I’m excited to see Grow with Google and the USO working together to help prepare our service members and military spouses for life after the military,” said Levin. “Ensuring that those who have served our country can find a good-paying job is a top priority of mine, and it is why sessions like these are so important.”

Service members, veterans and military spouses participated in a “Grow with Google” workshop at Camp Pendleton, put on by Google presenters and nonprofit United Service Organizations. Photo: Courtesy of Grow with Google
Service members, veterans and military spouses participated in a “Grow with Google” workshop at Camp Pendleton, put on by Google presenters and nonprofit United Service Organizations. Photo: Courtesy of Grow with Google

According to a “Grow with Google” press release, the program is the tech company’s commitment to help create economic opportunity in communities across the United States by providing free tools and trainings designed to help people find the jobs they want, advance their careers, and grow their businesses.

“As a veteran myself, I know that the transition out of uniform and into civilian life can be challenging—often, it is hard to know where to even start in the job search,” Durago said. “America’s veterans offer unique skills to employers, and that’s why I look forward to showing how service members and veterans can use Google’s tools to empower and advance their professional aspirations.”

In August of last year, Google.org gave a $2.5 million grant to the USO to incorporate Google IT Support Professional Certificate into its USO Pathfinder® programming and to provide training and career guidance for transitioning service members, military spouses, and veterans. USO Pathfinder® provides holistic assistance to active-duty service members and their spouses from one year prior to, and one year following, their transition from military to civilian life.

For more information, visit grow.google/programs/veterans-commitment.

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