The Personal Touch

Raytheon Leaders Inspire Student Veterans through One-on-One Mentoring

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Pamela Juniel (left), a Navy veteran who completed her degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, chats with her Raytheon mentor during the May 5 event.

Some kinds of help are best done person to person.

More than two dozen Raytheon leaders spent the evening of May 5 mentoring members of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) in an event befitting the company's mission to support warfighters, veterans and military families.

The one-on-one mentoring sessions, held in Tucson, Arizona as part of Raytheon's Accelerating Leadership Impact Career Workshop Series (ALI), helped the veterans find connections between their military experiences and skills to job opportunities in the civilian world.

"Tonight was a great experience for me," said the Navy Reserve's Georgette Shah, a business law student at Arizona State University. "My mentor introduced me to fields of work I had never thought of, but that are relevant to my military experience and the education I'm pursuing."

During the session, each student was paired with a Raytheon ALI volunteer with the most relevant perspective to offer, given the mentee's skills and education interest. In one-on-one discussions, they talked about best ways for those student veterans to make successful transitions from military to civilian life.

"Raytheon is committed to giving our warfighters the best advantage in combat, and supporting our veterans who, having returned home safely, are transitioning to the corporate workplace," said Allen Reid, Raytheon's Missile Systems business vice president of Human Resources and keynote speaker at the event.The partnership with Student Veterans of America empowers student veterans to reach their higher education goals. The organization is the world's largest network of student veteran groups, with more than 1,100 chapters in all 50 states and four countries. It provides a peer support network that offers critically important help to veterans reaching for academic success. 

Raytheon and SVA first joined forces in 2012, aiming to empower student veterans to reach their higher education goals. Raytheon presented SVA with a $50,000 grant to provide support, mentorship, career guidance and opportunities to service members pursuing higher education degrees.

Raytheon recently announced a new five-year, $5 million commitment to SVA to help provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education, and following graduation.

More than 50 SVA students from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, attended the Tucson event. Raytheon and SVA are working to continue the series of mentoring events in other strategic locations.

"I've been to a lot of career services events, trying to understand how best to translate my work from the military to jobs in the workplace now, and I've never been to one that offered one-on-one mentoring," said Miranda Ahumada, Navy reserve and psychology major at the University of Arizona. "This has been truly a great experience."

Published On: 06/01/2015
Last Updated: 12/11/2017