USA: Naval Station Norfolk Hosts “Shipmates to Workmates” Career Forum

Naval Station Norfolk Hosts Shipmates to Workmates Career Forum

Naval Station Norfolk hosted a “Shipmates to Workmates” career forum to assist Sailors who are transitioning from military to civilian careers, Jan. 17.

Shipmates to Workmates is an initiative that assists Sailors in finding and competing for civilian jobs at partnering commands. It is managed jointly by Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Navy Installations Command, Space and Naval Warfare Command, and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

Admiral Mark E. Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, attended the forum and spoke to Sailors about career opportunities and transitioning from the military to civilian life.

“I came today to see firsthand the transition assistance that we are providing our Sailors who will be leaving the Navy in the next year,” said Ferguson. “We’re making a concerted effort as a Navy to provide specialized assistance for those Sailors affected by Enlisted Retention Boards as well as Sailors who are separating at the end of their enlistment or retiring.”

The program provides Sailors one place where they can find transition resources, assistance with applications and resumes as well as information on applying for federal jobs.

Sailors attending the forum were able to talk to human resources personnel from the partnering commands for resume review, general assistance with job searches and to discuss job and career opportunities.

Naval Today Staff , January 19, 2012; Image: navy