Counselors Campus to Careers Toolkit

For career counselors who guide student veterans
A student veteran concentrates on filling in the Veteran’s Career Planner Workbook

Making a Plan

Crafting a customized plan for the campus-to-career transition

Question 1:

The career plan should start by examining the veteran’s disability so that you can determine what kinds of careers they are capable of.
Answer: False

Start with strengths and aspirations. Move to supports and accommodations after a career path has been decided.

Question 2:

Veterans have a right to a job accommodation whether or not they disclosed their disability during hiring.
Answer: True

The choice to not disclose a disability during hiring has no bearing on a veteran’s later right to an accommodation if hired.

Question 3:

The Veteran’s Career Planning Workbook should be filled out by the student veteran prior to the first career counseling session.
Answer: False

The workbook was designed to guide conversations with a career counselor, not replace them.

Question 4:

Veterans should think through both their aspirations and the compromises they are willing to make to follow a desired career path.
Answer: True

Most career choices involve compromise. What compromises are the veteran ready to sign up for? If their career choice is not closely matched to their pay, work style, or work environment preferences, they should stop and reflect upon their choices.

Question 5:

The most important role of the counselor is to make sure all the details are ironed out and filled in before a career plan is set in motion.
Answer: False (sort of)

The details are important. But, don’t let the details make you lose sight of the most important role of a career counselor for student veterans with disabilities—that of instilling excitement, curiosity, and hope.