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Walmart's program to aid vets on careers

by Serenah McKay | November 11, 2020 at 2:06 a.m.
FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, a woman pulls groceries from a cart to her vehicle outside of a Walmart store in Pearl, Miss.

Walmart Inc. said Tuesday that it will start a program for veterans in the spring to help them assess where they are in terms of skills and education, explore career paths and chart a course to reach those goals.

Brynt Parmeter, Walmart's senior director of military and STEM programs, said the Find-a-Future Platform is aimed at all military-related job candidates, such as National Guard reservists, military spouses or those on active duty about to leave the service.

"What we're really trying to do with the platform truly is helping people find their futures in ways that meet them where they're at in their stage in life," Parmeter said.

When job candidates first come in, Parmeter said, they'll talk with a coach or mentor who'll help them "audit" their skills, experience and education. "And then we want to help them understand the pathway to get from where they are right now to where they want to be in the future," he said.

Parmeter stressed that the process will focus not just on employment, but also on education. And resources will be available for those who want to start their own businesses, he said.

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