Career fair aboard Camp Lejeune caters to target audience, the IT field

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WNCT) -State leaders are helping veterans find jobs, all while trying to keep them in North Carolina.

Career fairs at Camp Lejeune happen nearly every month but Wednesday’s career fair had a specific target audience, the IT field.

Governor McCrory is aiming to hire more veterans through his employment initiative, including those interested in information technology.

For one Marine he says making the transition from service member to civilian life can be difficult.

“Getting out, transitioning, it’s kind of scary. I mean you’ve known something for so long and then have to go to something completely different, it’s very comforting to know that there are people out there that value our skill set and what we’ve done over the time in our military careers,” said Staff Sergeant Joshua Newman.

More than 100 service members heard from a panel of veteran experts who successfully transitioned from the military to the workforce.

State officials think veterans will advance our state.

“The unique skill set that the military has and can provide to the state of North Carolina, specifically with information technology professions,” said Keith Werner, the State’s CIO for the Department of Information Technology.

The organizers goal is to keep veterans in North Carolina.

“They’re here specifically for us,” said Newman.

“You know, you go to a job fair and they’ve got a bunch of other applicants out there, veteran, non-veteran, school, non-school, but they’re here specifically to tailor to what we’ve experienced and what we’ve done so far.”

Another career fair is happening next week at Marine Corps Air Station New River. It will feature jobs for those interested in aviation.

Military service members interested in working with the NC Department of Information Technology can reach out to their transition readiness office for more information.

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