I took the Fourblock Veteran Career Readiness course in Seattle during spring 2017. I found the course extremely useful for my career search. I thought the learning method (homework followed by in-person discussion with potential employers) to be very effective in teaching the subject matter and encouraging learning. The instructors and guest speakers/discussion facilitators comprised all seniority-levels in the company from very senior to entry-level. All were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Most of the guest speakers encouraged us to contact them outside of the course for additional assistance. I recommend this course to any veteran or active duty service member nearing a transition to civilian employment.
I joined FourBlock in Spring of 2017 and walked away with a wealth of knowledge. FourBlock's instructional design helps transitioning service members prepare for a post-military career in the civilian workforce. Their use of relevant subject matter experts, networking events, and curricula provides essential skill sets for service members.
During my tenure in the FourBlock training, I learned how to brand myself to organizations seeking highly qualified and technically competent team members. This is NOT a check the block organization. The ability for FourBlock to connect service members to hiring managers and recruiters is beyond reproach. They assist with in-depth review of resumes, LinkedIn Profiles and provide multiple mock interviews, best practices, and lessons learned. FourBlock reaches out to senior recruiters and hiring managers to provide a keen sense of what agencies are expecting from their candidates. They coordinate networking events with both public and private organizations as well as non-profit organizations for those looking to go into the non-profit route.
With FourBlocks help I was able to find the perfect position as a Learning & Development Administrator with an organization that mirrored my values and work ethic. I was so impressed by FourBlock's design and dedication to helping service members that I currently volunteer my time with FourBlock to assist other transitioning service members attain a second career that reinforces the values of our military.
By far, the best military career transition program and it's free!
FourBlock prepared me for my military career transition into the private sector by creating an opportunity to expand my network within it, understand various corporate cultures, learn how to brand myself, how to translate my military experience onto my resume, and how to manage expectations while searching for a new career.
Being able to visit various Fortune 500 companies and being able to speak to veterans employed there was priceless.
Another benefit of the program is that you have free access to complete modules that assist you in the career transition through Columbia University. The assignments you turn in are products that you can use for your transition such as resume building, network tracker, etc.
If you are in the current 20 listed cities, definitely register, regardless if you are a veteran or plan on getting out within a year.
FourBlock is unique among the veteran nonprofits in this country. I've volunteered for several, but the dedication FourBlock in particular has to the veterans they serve and the expertise they bring to the table is leagues beyond any I've experienced. I am fortunate to have the privilege of serving as a mentor in their Walter Reed program and believe FourBlock offers tons of ways for people to get involved. Thanks for serving veterans, FourBlock!
FourBlock is an exceptional non-profit that has helped countless veterans transition from military service to great civilian careers.
Personally, I struggled through transitioning from military service to civilian life mostly because of a lack of mentorship and coaching in the interim. Upon "completing" my transition, I became a leader for the Veteran's Advocacy Network at my company. I decided to reach out to help those that might be facing the same struggles.
Asking around, I was immediately and repetitively told about 4Block, and asked about volunteering for them. I spent a semester as an adjunct professor and have served as a liaison since - and it's been amazing to hear the personal stories of how 4Block has benefited veterans from the past and going into the future. I work with many veterans of the 4Block experience, have taught alongside them, and can attest that their operation is kept lean, efficient, and focused on providing as effective transition support as possible to our nation's military veterans.
FourBlock is the go to nonprofit for veterans to get real training on how to transition with success! It is also a phenomenal place for companies to find high quality veterans to fill critical roles in their companies!
As a military officer preparing to transition to a civilian career after serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy, I have gratefully taken advantage of numerous programs offered by Veteran support organizations. Each sought to impart veterans with transition-related skills and resources to help them gain civilian employment upon retirement/separation from the military.
I recently discovered FourBlock through a colleague and completed their 10-week Career Development Program. FourBlock's course syllabus prepares candidates for success in their post-military careers by teaching them how to communicate their value to the business community based upon the unique skills and aptitudes that they bring. This is accomplished through expert coaching, multi-domain brand development, and the opportunity to participate in evening corporate networking events.
At the start of my transition journey, I knew instinctively that I needed to network and develop professional connections in order to be successful in my job search. However, I had not received any training from the military in this skill area, and did not know where to begin or how. Now, as a proud FourBlock Alum, the outlook on my professional future has brightened considerably. Since completing their program, I've developed a diverse and deep network of professional connections within my chosen industry and beyond. Through these connections I've been accepted into two technology internships, which would not have been possible without FourBlock's program.
I routinely recommend the FourBlock Career Development Program to my colleagues. I can honestly say that it has been the most impactful influence upon my military transition.
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I feel honored and privileged to be a part of a team that is focused on an important mission at an important time. FourBlock's ability to service veterans in transition has grown rapidly over the past 2 years. I'm most pleased by the high ratings FourBlock receive from Veterans while rapidly expanding the network of corporate partner relationships
FourBlock, founded by veterans and run by veterans, is the most energized and professional nonprofit I have ever dealt with. The FourBlock commitment to excellence and making a difference for veterans is evident from the first time you meet a FourBlock volunteer. All too often large business focus on the “resume” and undervalue strength of character of our veterans. FourBlock helps our veterans build on their character to enrich their “resumes”. Thank you for all you do and keep up the outstanding work!
When I retired from the Navy I had no idea how to get in front of hiring managers and how to get an idea of the corporate culture with limited time. Fourblock provides direct access to top tier corporations that do not see veterans as "Cheap Labor" but instead as the leaders and success catalysts they truly are.
The most valuable insights that Fourblock provided was a cohort of like minded veterans in a variety of spaces to bounce ideas off of. Having industry experts guiding us through curriculum from Columbia's prestigious school of professional studies gave me the confidence, the network and the skills to identify what industry I was most passionate about. I cannot thank Fourblock enough for the priceless gift they gave me and fully intend to pay it forward.
Angel L. Torres, MS., MBA
Executive Director Midwest, The Mission Continues
FourBlock is a great national nonprofit geared for veteran students to become working professionals. I personally have gone through this program and couldn't be more pleased. I engaged in resume workshops, mock interviews, and networked with Fortune 100 companies throughout New York City.
I currently work in the Finance field in Wall Street. If you are a student veteran or know someone who is, please let them know about FourBlock. It truly is a game and life changer. Hooah!
Having experienced the FourBlock program has prepared me greatly for the challenges of transition from active military services. The instruction provided is straightforward and in real-time, the ideal combination to increase the effectiveness of any service member looking at applying skills in the corporate world. Current transition programs provided to service members do not come close to the professionalism and structure that FourBlock provides. I am proud to be a FourBlock Alumni and will credit all my future success to this experience. I highly recommend this program.
Fourblock is a great resource for student veterans, as well as transitioning soldiers searching for a clear understanding of their professional end goals. I have personally met amazing people, both peers and professionals that have helped me to gain better insight of the corporate world and self-growth. There are an many opportunities offered to network and connect with men and women in professional settings. I would recommend this foundation to anyone and everyone.
To be honest, when I started I thought " How is any of this going to make a difference in my life" as well as "I have so little time already, maybe I should not be spreading myself thinner by taking this". Let me tell you, before the course was even over I was already starting to see then drastic benefits my experience here has granted me. I can already look back and see significant ways my life would be different if I had not taken this course (and I would have been very much worse off if I would have opt out). This course has given me vital skills, essential awareness, invaluable connections, and substantial increase in confidence to operate in a field (the civilian corporate sector) that struck me as overwhelmingly alien, impermeable, and something I would just have to try a roll of dice to see where my life ended up. Now, not only can I see behind the veil, I know how to work it and people have people who will work with me if I need help. In a word, this course was imperative.
Four Block is the enlightened opportunity that addresses every area ranging from the mindset preparation – understanding the economy through the eyes of industries – developing confidence in approaching a new era of life – understanding one’s self and developing the ability to identify core competencies.
Above all, the networking experience and encounter with open minded professionals and successful individuals is the exceptional deal maker.
FourBlock is hands-down the best transition program for veterans out there. I have been in the Marine Corps for over 18 years and easily rank this above the other programs offered. The networking opportunities, executive mentoring, and one on one instruction is invaluable!!! I cannot thank the FourBlock team enough for their time and efforts to set all of the students up for success. Highly recommend this program for anyone considering transition from military service, regardless of how long you have served!!!!
The Fourblock foundation was immensely helpful to mapping out my transition plan. The 10 week course provided valuable insight and provided me the tools to make a successful transition after active duty. I can not give enough accolades to this organization for the resources and tools that they provide for veterans in the transition process.
Fourblock is a great asset to veterans as it does help with the transition process. Not only does it assist veterans in future career goals, resume writing, and interviewing techniques but it also provides an invaluable resource to learn and develop networking among veterans and those that support us. I really appreciate everything I have learned and the ability to participate in such an outstanding program.
I've been volunteering with FourBlock for the past several months and have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing individuals and hear their stories. To be able to help, even in such a tiny way compared to what each of them has done, is truly rewarding and I look forward to continuing my relationship with FourBlock in the years to come!
The corporate training programs that the staff at Fourblock provide are a great resource for transitioning service members and Veterans in the Greater NorthWestern Region of the United States. I am far better connected and more prepared to enter the civilian workforce because of the tools that I gained by attending Fourblock Programs. Thank You to Monica McNeal and her Team for their efforts to provide this training and guidance during our transition from the military. I believe, this is truly an expectation management establishing process and a genuine and sincere effort to better prepare myself and my Family for a positive entrance into the civilian workforce.