Even though the jobless rate for veterans has declined, this year, post-9/11 veterans continue to struggle with unemployment relative to veterans overall and the general workforce. According to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, younger veterans experience more unemployment than those who are older. The jobless rate for former troops between ages 18 and 24 in 2013 was 21.4 percent on average, while the overall rate for veterans was 6.6 percent during that time. One of the challenges that veterans continue to face is how their military skills can translate to civilian jobs.
The demand for Software Engineers continues to rise along with the need for quality coders. Programming is changing the way almost every industry works. The ability to code or use programming languages to build sites and apps continues to be in demand. There’s a need to prepare for a rapidly changing world, one in which nearly everything is affected by technology.
Hack Reactor alum, James Yothers, was in the Marine Corps for eleven years as a helicopter pilot and air controller. When he looked at his options upon leaving the military, they didn’t look promising. He wanted to work his way up in a field and gain credibility and he saw Hack Reactor as a way to reset his technical credentials.
“A lot of my military experience helped me,” said Yothers. “I set a personal schedule at Hack Reactor to work until midnight from Monday through Friday and this didn't prove to be too difficult. I still was able to get seven hours of sleep a night, which was more than my wife was getting taking care of our three children under five years old. Also, teamwork and interpersonal skills honed in the military helped me immensely at Hack Reactor. I now work as a front-end developer at JPMorgan Chase and I'm loving my job. I really can't imagine things working out better than they have. Every one of the staff at Hack Reactor was completely supportive and integral to any success I have in web development and lifelong education in general.”
Mason Hargrove also graduated from Hack Reactor after being in the Navy for 7 years as a helicopter mechanic. “I have always had a passion for technology so when I decided to get out of the military, I knew it was time to pursue my dreams,” said Hargrove. “As a single father, I took a huge risk trying to become a student at Hack Reactor. I moved from San Diego to San Francisco a year ago and decided to devote everything to learning. Now that I have finished the program, I can say that deciding on this school was the best decision I have ever made for me personally as well as for my children.”
Veterans that are interested in attending Hack Reactor can email Hack Reactor’s Remote Scholarship team and are encouraged to apply. Applicants who advance in the application process should mention the scholarship during their technical interview to learn next steps.