provide invaluable guidance.
Mentor Veterans, Change Lives
Mentoring is at the heart of our mission to help Veterans succeed in civilian careers and life.
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”
— Steven Spielberg
Mentor Veterans For Career Transition
Mentors accelerate innovation and excellence in any industry, and are an integral piece of the MedTechVets Academy as well. Veterans are paired with mentors during a 7-week career training program – the MedTechVets Academy.
As a mentor, you provide the individualized guidance, career development support, and industry knowledge that formal education misses. Textbook knowledge is important… but lessons from your lived experiences are unbeatable.
You can leverage your wisdom and mentor a Veteran entering the MedTech, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, or Medical Device industries. You are the guide that helps them avoid roadblocks, reach their fullest potential, and become a future industry leader.
“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living — if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington
When you mentor a MedTechVets Academy student, you’ll have a mentee that already embodies discipline, respect, honor, and loyalty. They also have the drive to learn and succeed — all you have to do is get them going in the right direction and share your wisdom.
MedTechVets Mentors Change Lives
Think back for a moment to when you were new in business. A bit unsure or overwhelmed, or maybe you came in thinking you knew everything and you had a wake-up call when you realized how much you didn’t know. Either way, you needed a mentor to help you gain traction in your new career.
Veterans in the MedTechVets Academy have been hand-selected and demonstrate great potential for growth and leadership. They have the drive and many valuable skills — but they need an expert guide to help them transition from the military to the civilian world.
“I think the greatest thing we give each other is encouragement… knowing that I’m talking to someone in this mentoring relationship who’s interested in the big idea here is very, very important to me. I think if it were just about helping me get to the next step, it would be a heck of a lot less interesting.” — Anne Sweeney
MedTechVets Mentorship Program Details
Establish rapport and understand the Veterans short and long-term goals.
Review resumes, experience, knowledge and their network connections. Identify where the Veteran needs guidance for growth.
Discuss their interests and experience to discover the best-fit niches within the industry.
Identify the best cities for the Veteran’s desired career path and the logistics for relocating to start their post-military career.
Use your experienced perspective to identify potential barriers of entering their desired field. Then be a guide and support the Veterans through those challenges.
Support and educate about personal branding and self-promotion to network and market themselves digitally.
"MedTechVets played a key role in helping me get into Medical Device Sales. They trained and prepared me for interviews, paired me with a well-connected mentor, and offered continuing support during my journey. I have been in medical device sales for six years now and the entire trajectory of my life has changed. Mentoring is my way to clear a path for the veterans standing where I once stood."
"MedTechVets presents one of the few holistic, Mentee-focused, industry-specific, programs that I have found. It’s focus on the key principle of “network to a role” while equipping the transitioning Military member with a host of supportive transition strategies through active industry and alumni mentors, continues to present an invaluable awareness package that can be effectively leveraged to hiring success."
"Mentorship is integral for anyone in their professional and personal lives – its even more important when transitioning roles or entertaining a new career. MedTechVets has filled an incredible gap in supporting re-careering, preparing and connecting veterans with MedTech employees. It’s been a true honor for myself, to give back to those who have devoted their lives to service and sacrifice for me. Not only do I hope I have supported individuals through the Academy and mentorship, but I know that I have been inspired in so many ways by the Academy Fellows themselves."
“Re-careering after military service can be intimidating and challenging. I am honored to be a part of providing advice and accelerated networking, coaching and mentoring in life sciences, and improving the probability of professional success for fellow veterans!”
"I really want to thank you for the wealth of knowledge you were willing to share regarding the medical industry and how to better prepare for entering it after I leave the military."
"Project management in the military is completely different than the civilian world. When it came to finding a job post-military, I really hit the ground running. I knew the one thing holding me back was my familiarity with the industry. A can-do and proactive attitude is what got me to where I am."
Veteran Mentorship Benefits Your Company
Being a mentor provides opportunities for growth and self-discovery for everyone involved. You may choose to become a mentor yourself, or you can have another member of your leadership team become a mentor.
Mentoring a Veteran through the MedTechVets Academy is a 7-week commitment that can have lasting positive impacts for you and your company.
Explaining industry knowledge and working with someone with a different professional background improves communication skills.
Review knowledge of the industry and push youself to learn more as your mentee asks questions.
Broaden your network
Sense of fulfillment and purpose
Improve leadership skills
Mentorship Is Vital to Veterans’ Success
Mentorship is vital to the success of the Veterans in the MedTechVets Academy. You have the industry connections and knowledge to help Veterans transition well and start their new mission in the MedTech, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Device fields.
Mentorship results in greater industry awareness, a broader network, career search strategies, resources, and an increase in self confidence as Veterans pursue meaningful careers.
Too many Veterans fall through the cracks during the transition from the military to civilian careers. There is a significant culture gap that keeps skilled, driven Veterans from breaking into civilian workforces.
Veterans don’t have to struggle to start civilian careers — you can be part of the solution.