Thursday, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

Join us for an engaging panel discussion designed specifically for new project managers and military personnel interested in transitioning into project management careers. Our panelists will share insights and strategies to help you navigate the career transition process with confidence. Key topics will include:

  • Modern Day Job Searching Tools/Support:
    • Session will include step-by-step live demos of an AI tool that can act as your real-time career coach (FREE RESOURCE: Watch this 1-hour ‘How Seekers Can Leverage AI Tools like ChatGPT’); our live demos during this session will be with a different tool, Microsoft Copilot
  • Career Transition Essentials:
    • Identifying transferable military skills that apply to project management.
    • Outlining the steps to take from military service to a civilian project management role.
  • Skill Development:
    • Highlighting in-demand project management skills.
    • Exploring certifications and training to enhance your project management qualifications.
    • Building a 12-26 week skills development and continuous education plan. 
  • Resume and Interview Preparation:
    • Tips for creating a compelling project management resume.
    • Preparing for interviews with mock sessions and common questions.
  • Effective Networking and Job Search Strategies:
    • Leveraging LinkedIn and other professional networks and associations. 
    • Identifying and engaging with relevant PM-focused Recruiters.
    • Crafting a job search plan with recommended tasks and actionable goals.
Speaker Career Transition SMEs from Apex and Vets2PM

Panelists include Dylan Kodad and Erica Woods from Apex Systems, and Misty Moreno from Vets2PM  

Dylan Kodad is the National Veteran Advocate, Aerospace and Defense Industry Analyst, and Co-Chair for the military and veteran Employee Resource Group (ERG) Valor@Apex. A Marine Corps veteran and experienced government contractor, Dylan leverages his experiences and expertise to assist and enhance the professional opportunities for veterans and military spouses nationwide.

Erica Woods brings almost 20 years of experience coaching job seekers on how to find their next technology or project management job. She's contributed over 125+ career readiness articles to Apex, IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) and MSSQLTips, and presents at conferences that include BA World/Project Summit and Dev2Next. She's especially passionate about how you can learn new skills and then use those skills to help nonprofits and future STEM generations. 

Misty Moreno is a seasoned professional with a 20-year military background in Human Resources and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, which she obtained through Vets2PM. After transitioning to civilian life as an HR Business Partner at Continental Tire, Misty then returned to Vets2PM as a Marketing Manager. She's passionate about utilizing her diverse skills to support veterans in their career journeys.

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