FourBlock is an amazing organization that helps veterans to successfully transition from their careers military careers into civilian ones. It has been my privilege to be involved with the organization for the past 4 years. FourBlock helps the transitioning veterans with career readiness through classroom settings and also introduces them to different organizations that want to hire them. It's truly is an amazing organization and does great work.
I went through the FourBlock program Spring 2019 before transitioning out of the Navy in Dec 2019. FourBlock helped me land a three month DoD SkillBridge internship! One of the consulting firms that hosted a session turned into a great opportunity to connect with the lead HR POC who make everything happen for me. This allowed me to spend my remaining months on active duty service, out of uniform and in a cooperate office. I know work at the largest financial institution in the country and as a FourBlock Alum, trying to pay it forward by hosting future events to help veterans, much like myself, with their transition. This organization is packed with added value, quality mentorship, top resources and absolutely free to vets. There simply is no downside to any service member who is wrestling with career exploration.
It was FourBlock that helped me land a job at the #2 cancer hospital in the world. I started in clinical research until I finished my my engineering undergrad. I left the clinic for scientific research and ultimately some entrepreneurial endeavors. But the work I found there made a difference, so occasionally I still slip into the lab to support their medical breakthroughs. I wouldn't be doing what I do today without FourBlock.
As a FourBlock alumni, I can personally attest to the professionalism, dedication, and commitment FourBlock has to our transitioning Veterans.
The United States Military does their best to assist with a service member's transition through their Transition Assistance Programs (TAPS) programs; however, the Bereau of Labor and Statistics show that Veteran unemployment in 2019 is at 3.1% (284,000 veterans). To many, 3.1% may not sound like much, but there is an additional side to this story that rarely get's addressed. Zip Recruited and the Call of Duty Endowment conducted research and discovered that 1/3 of Veteran job seekers are underemployed. That is over 15% higher than non-veteran job seekers.
As I write this review, we are in the midst of a global pandemic, and I fear that these numbers may become much higher as we turn the corner to recovery. This is the precise reason I am writing on here. I want to share with everyone the value of FourBlock and how they have developed a program that addresses the areas not covered in the TAPS programs. In my personal opinion, FourBlock's partnership with corporate america, and their volunteer force of prior service professionals are a game changing combination for Veterans looking to crush their transition goals.
Whether you are a transitioning service member, or company/organization, FourBlock provides you with a tremendous service. For Veterans, you gain access to a comprehensive transition program, and have the opportunity to meet and network with FourBlock volunteers and corporate sponsors who in many cases have gone through what you are going through. Companies/organizations gain access to highly diverse and incredibly skilled candidate pool spanning several different industries and professional volunteer force who can help discuss how to attract and retain Veterans, all while helping deliver positive change and value to the lives and future trajectory of each and every transitioning service member in attendance.
I am proud to partner with FourBlock in my role as the West Market Unit Inclusion & Diversity Recruiting Lead at Accenture. We have teamed up with FourBlock to facilitate workshops around mock interviews and career readiness. FourBlock has played a vital role in the success of transitioning military vets to the corporate world. They provide a connection to opportunities with employer sponsors and a vast network of FourBlock alumni to tap into for career guidance and mentorship. I highly recommend FourBlock as they are strongly dedicated in ensuring transitioning vets are successful in their transition journey. I appreciate everything that FourBlock does to enrich the lives of their members and look forward to elevating our partnership!
FourBlock had played a major role in jump starting my career in operations. As an Air Force veteran i believed that I somehow had an advantage going into the academic and corporate realm. Although it did help that I needed some polishing. FourBlock taught me the basics and then taught me the secrets into getting into the corporate field. Helped me land my first major internship at CBS and then onto my first supervisor role in Amazon. I owe so much to this program and i truly believe that other veterans like myself will benefit from something like this.
I'm an alum of Four Block's spring 2015 cohort out of Washington, DC and eventually landed my first job out of the Navy with JPMorgan Chase in Manhattan, as part of their Global Treasury team.
Four Block not only represents the coach I needed after my transition but also the bridge - helping to connect my Navy life with professional aspirations.
This Foundation has undoubtedly changed my life and I'll always encourage the vision of Four Block for any of my Veteran brothers and sisters.
Participating in FourBlock's Career Readiness Program for transitioning veterans was the single most valuable thing I did to prepare myself to transition out of the military. They helped me think through the kinds of careers that would be the best fit for me, helped me understand that most crucial parts of transitioning into one of those careers, provided mentors across numerous career fields and industry-leading companies, and provided invaluable experience networking with professionals in our targeted careers.
I recommend this program to every transitioning veteran I know.
I learned about FourBlock while attending school in NYC following my retirement from the military. In my military career, I knew that I had developed experience and skills that should set me apart in the job market. I lacked the experience and vocabulary to capitalize on my military skills. My semester with FourBlock was transformative. I was able to work with compassionate staff members who mentored me in networking, resume writing, and corporate culture. I was also introduced to corporate sponsors who were positive and constructive in their interactions with me. One of these sponsors offered me an internship before my semester with FourBlock was over leading to long-term employment.
I am grateful for my FourBlock experience and have recommended other veterans to this program.
FourBlock is an incredible resource and organization who dedicate their times to get to know each person who attends their cohorts and work with them individually, along with the sponsors within the area attending, to provide the most knowledgeable and personal attention to detail to help us transitioning servicemen and women when we decide to enter the 'real world' after serving our nation.
I attended the FourBlock Tampa cohort in the spring of 2018 and have been an extremely energetic advocate ever since and tell all of my friends and veterans I come in contact with to describe the program, how it's helped within my transition after serving 28 years of active duty, and all of the sponsors and local representatives who have the best interest in your transition as if it was their own again.
Four Block is an amazing organization with fantastic people.
I first came in touch with FourBlock while attending college after my service in the Marine Corps. The training was phenomenal and provided opportunities and connections that are still valuable to me years later, including access to an executive education program. The amount of resources is spectacular and I recommend anyone to participate.
I was first introduced to FourBlock several years ago when I joined one of their cohorts in Manhattan. I had very recently separated from the military and was pursuing an undergraduate degree with the hope of breaking into the finance industry.
During my time with the cohort, I found the quality of the instructors, the content of their lessons and depth of their professional network far exceeded my expectations. FourBlock is truly a brand-name organization with strong connections across a number of industries. On top of providing a much needed service to transitioning veterans, the FourBlock team has always been highly personable and helpful (even as an alumnus of the program). I look forward to staying connected and seeing the organization's continued growth and impact.
I attended this program in 2011 and it was amazing. It made clear the many things that i learned and did in the military that i can bring to any corporation. I think that the things i learned there and the opportunities it provided were key to my success thus far in my career. I would recommend fourblock to any and all Veterans. As a place to donate you can know that your money is helping veterans achieve career success and to lead fulfilling lives following their time in service.
As a transitioning service member, I participated in every military transition assistance program I could find. I found FourBlock to be the most focused and effective program out there for exposure to vet-friendly firms in industries beyond defense contracting. In fact, I was so impressed that I've remained affiliated ever since as a coach and presenter, and the program gets better with every cohort.
FourBlock is a necessary good for veterans, transitioning service members, and its partners. I’ve taken the course in Spring 2019 at New York City, and enjoyed the program as well as the people there. The organization provided deep insight about the corporate world, visiting many companies across several industries. If you are a veteran or transitioning service member who is eager about jumpstarting a career in the corporate world, this is the place to go. With many experts and volunteers, you are guaranteed to take away many things to position yourself as a strong candidate in any job.
All career changes are hard, but the transition from military to civilian is especially tough. Veterans face a variety of barriers to successfully launching a rewarding second career, like having a lack of confidence that the hard-won military skills can apply in the civilian workplace. The curriculum at FourBlock addresses this challenge, and many others, over the course of a variety of in-person and virtual sessions. I learned how to translate my military experience into marketable skills, ‘pitch’ myself with confidence, network efficiently, and interview effectively. I am fortunate to have made the successful transition into the civilian workforce and I am grateful for my mentors and peers at FourBlock. I recommend FourBlock to every transitioning service member I run into.
FourBlock provides critical information and opportunities to veterans during their transition back into the civilian sector. Prioritizing the development of interpersonal skills needed to effectively communicate and translate the unique strengths, capabilities and experiences veterans infuse into companies, FourBlock prepares its students to have productive interviews and discussions with talent acquisition personnel.
FourBlock is the quintessential transition program for our current generation of veterans. The organization’s goal is not to “place” veterans into jobs or internships, but to help them develop the networking and relationship building skills they need to find their own success in the civilian workforce. This effort would not be possible without the generous support of an employer community that understands what these talented men and women bring to the corporate America...each and every day.
We've partnered with FourBlock for a couple years now. It has been such a rewarding experience. They are a top-notch team providing incredible services and value to our nation's veterans. It's been an honor to serve those who have given everything to serve our country.
Booz Allen Hamilton had the honor to host a FourBlock class in Atlanta recently; it was a great experience. The training provided by FourBlock instructors and how they engaged students was outstanding. The participation of the students was great—very engaged from the networking process through the class of instruction. The make up of the Fourblock students was very impressive as well and was commented on by many of the Booz Allen Hamilton that help support the class and networking. As a leader of Booz Allen Hamilton’s military hiring initiative, I am exposed to multiple resources around veteran hiring, training and transition. Fourblock is one of the best!
I have worked with Fourblock in Atlanta for several years. They provide a great service to veterans through both the organized course materials and the networking opportunities. The course content is excellent and helps the veterans develop the skills necessary to succeed in their job search.
This is a great organization, which helps give Military Veterans additional tools to assist them in their transition into Corp America. As an alum it gave me a tremendous advantage and confidence as I moved out of the military culture and into corporate environment.
My company, SunTrust Bank, has been a sponsor of Fourblock and their efforts for three years now. Fourblock is an outstanding nonprofit who is executing on the critical mission of helping our deserving Veterans find new careers. As a co-chair for our Veteran's business resource group, I see a lot of Veteran related nonprofits. Fourblock is one of the best in terms of its mission, how it executes on that mission (key performance indicator based) and how it is a good steward of donations. Not only have we supported Fourblock, Fourblock has provided our corporation with key talent who has impacted our company in a positive way.
Fantastic mission and execution, enabling military veterans to become leaders in industry, government, and whatever environment comes with their next phase. The best comparison I can come up with is a military-centric, executive MBA. It comes with corporate culture experiences, expert instruction, real-world transition stories, networking, and everything in between. I couldn't be prouder to be associated and volunteer with such a high-functioning and high-impact environment!
FourBlock is such a great program available to veterans at no cost. The instructors are there to help and guide you through your transition whether you are separating from the military or switching careers.
They connect you to great people, help you think about what you really want and show you paths and options on how to get there. The power of networking is incredible!
I was a student at the Bremerton, WA cohort, and the first cohort in Austin, TX. Now I am proud to help give back as an associate instructor.
FourBlock's Career Readiness Program was exactly what I needed in order to prepare for my military transition. I enrolled into the Seattle Fall 2017 Cohort in prep for my pending retirement in April 2018. Not only was I blown away by FourBlock's online didactics via Columbia University, but the hands-on exercises of developing career skills were second to none! Our cohort learned everything from learning the art of networking, designing "elevator pitches," and tailoring resumes to building professional relationships, interviewing, and negotiating salaries. I highly recommend FourBock for all active military and veterans in transition!
The job searching methods I learned in Fourblock along with cover letter and networking is what led to me securing my current job I have today.
Fourblock was exactly what I needed when I transitioned out of the Army earlier this year. Their focus is on helping veterans find the next RIGHT thing. Not just finding a job. Taking Fourblock's 8 week course has helped me get on the right path toward a career I'm passionate about.
FourBlock is a great organization for Veterans that are starting from scratch on their transition. Their differentiation is that they require Veterans to be enrolled in an institution of higher learning, meaning that they have students that are students in more ways than one. Their biggest assets are their corporate partners who provide space and networking to the organization as well as the facilitators that truly care about the FourBlock cohort and its students. I think that FourBlock does a great job of connecting Veterans with companies and gives a great lesson on how to meet Veterans in the area who are interested in improving themselves.
I went through the program. It is hosted on Columbia University's servers and is a current and in-depth look at where you are now and where you want to be. How to plan and ensure your success. All of the people who make this possible are A+ and will go out of their way to help you connect or better yourself from your paper resume to how to network.
I recommend Fourblock every chance I get!
One of the best veteran transitional programs out there. They put in a lot of work, not just sitting behind their desk doing lip service.
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.
If you would like to speak with me about the FourBlock program, please feel free to connect with and message me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidnavaprogrammanager
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.
I first came across FourBlock over 2 years ago while working at a non-profit. I was incredibly impressed by the scope of information and the dedication of the people there. As a veteran in transition myself, I could see the benefit and wished something like this had been available when I left the military. I began immediately recommending the program to my own clients, other veterans in transition. I then began hearing first hand about the impact and watched them one by one get connected to employers and new opportunities. I have seen how effective FourBlock is and the positive changes it's made in veterans and military families' lives. I can NOT recommend this program highly enough. I eventually utilized the program myself and I am a proud alumni! Thank you FourBlock.
FourBlock is a really good resource for veterans looking for a job or starting a career. They can give you tools to help a veteran get a job. I have taken the class twice, and they are really good people that care about helping veterans.
As a transitioning veteran entering the civilian workforce, FourBlock is hands-down the most valuable service that I have received. Going through the cohort not only gave me additional feedback about resume writing, LinkedIn profiles, and networking but also teaches one how to narrow their job search. I certainly got a better feel for what I wanted to do as a new career. The real bonus is you get the inside information from Recruiters and HR professionals from major companies in the area you attend. Best of all, it's the comes FREE for the participant. I would highly recommend FourBlock to anyone veteran looking to get a job in the corporate sector or even just to expand their network.
I wish Four Block had been my transition program when I left active duty. Four Block was immensely helpful in prompting me to think about and re-evaluate my goals, and it provided real, practical, hands-on experience making them happen. It helped me think bigger about what I'm capable of and what I want to do. It's definitely helped me become more connected and engaged in my professional network.
As a Google employee and veteran staffing ambassador, it's been a pleasure partnering with FourBlock! Damien and I had the chance to connect at a tech industry Veteran Event at LinkedIn in NYC. We reconnected a few months later to host FourBlock at Google's campus and discuss our hiring process, how to be prepared for a job on day 1 and the importance of a good culture at work. The event was engaging and students/alumni of FourBlock were a pleasure to have on campus. I look forward to partnering with FourBlock in the future.
Fourblock is an outstanding organization. I had the pleasure of being able to speak with them regarding job searching upon graduation. The individuals had a desire to learn and a undeniable drive to succeed. The stories they shared and the questions that they asked truly resonated with my team.
I have been impressed with the quality of Fourblock candidates my team and I interviewed.
Looking forward to continuing the business partnership.
I've done the course twice now and thoroughly enjoyed it! Teaching veterans skills only branding themselves, pitches, resumes, and more. I think the biggest advantage is helping transition veterans jump start their network and obtaining mentors or sponsors. I've met many great people and it has also brought other veteran opportunities to my radar within my city.
I am a Navy veteran who just recently graduated from college. FourBlock assisted me on developing my resume, translating my military experience, and connecting me with myriad of recruiters.
I definitely would recommend this organization to my fellow veterans!
FourBlock is quite possibly the best transition program. I love that they approach transition as a journey and spend months with veterans, rather than a quick day-long workshop or retreat. Resumes and interviews are probably the least addressed topics (though important!). Rather, they address much deeper, foundational questions such as our personal priorities, our professional goals, etc. I love that they teach professional development topics that are VERY relevant to today's landscape, like emotional intelligence and strategies. Their method is much more methodical than a "passion"-based approach. I won't spill their secrets here, but basically FourBlock veterans are taught to craft their careers through reflection and strategy, rather than simply pursue their dreams.
When getting ready to transition from the Marines back to civilian life I knew school was my next step. Since I wanted to get into a career in financial services it made sense for me to leave the west coast and head to NYC for school. Shortly after I arrived and settled in I went to my career counselor. I knew if I wanted to make it I would need to get some real world experience along with my education and was looking for internship opportunities. Since I was a veteran she handed me a sheet of 3 opportunities that coming summer that would be through a company called FourBlock. Those were the earliest days of the FourBlock, I couldn't find much info on them over the web, but 2 of the internships interested me so I applied and ended up getting one of them.
The next fall FourBlock started to have classes for recently transitioned veterans to help give them the soft skills that weren't part of military acumen. Through the classes and networking events I was able to make a few contacts that lead to another internship the summer before my senior year. When neither of those lead to a full time position Mike and FourBlock didn't give up on me and kept working with me. It was through another networking event of theirs that lead to my post graduation job where I am still at 3.5 years later.
At the end of the day it comes down to the individual to apply what is learned, or in my case land the position, but FourBlock, and Mike Abrams helped put me in the best position to succeed and I will forever be grateful for the help I have received.
A great group of leaders combining their efforts to make a difference for our Veterans and for our business community.
Two years ago I decided to go to business school and start my MBA. Staying on active duty provided the opportunity for a seamless transition. The tradeoff came in losing the ability to network and intern throughout my time in school. Finding a career is a full time job. With the military, school, and searching for my next career. As the transition came closer I wasn't happy with my options. Coming from the military I know there is always another way.
So I went out and found it. Working with FourBlock, I am able to build a network of people in my target city (Atlanta). I meet others like me, going through the transition. Now as I transition I can hear others stories about their transition and realize I am not alone. Hearing people who have pushed through and found their way makes it seem more reasonable and possible.
The transition process is what you make of it. Two options exist: wait for something to happen or go make it happen. FourBlock puts me in front of the right people. We practice our skills every time we step foot in a company. Every company understands the value veterans bring. FourBlock is designed to give people willing to put forth the extra effort an opportunity. Too many veterans don't reach their maximum potential when they transition, because they don't know what is really possible.
No one walks away from a session without learning something. The learning happens from the instructor, the other veterans, or even the corporate partners. Whether it leads to a job or just networking with new people, I know the effort is worth it.