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.
I fell into the Four Block program after I transitioned and immediately felt it's value. I wished I had encountered this program prior to my departure because the information, the format, and the staff are just fantastic. The faster this program expands across the nation, the better.
I am presently transitioning from the military and was introduced to 4Block about 6 months before my retirement. I didn’t realize how much the job market had changed along with the different tools at my disposal. 4Block was able to guide my efforts towards and focus them on networking with contacts within those fields. They made me feel like they truly cared about my welfare and went out of their way to set up calls with me even though I was on the other side of the world. More veterans need to hear about 4Block and what they can do for them. Truly a fantastic organization!!!
Four Block has been an instrumental mentoring source for Warriors at Walter Reed. They have provided insights, leadership, mentoring, networking, professional workshops, and online learning modules for military and post military. They help Service Members and keep track of their procedures and results. First and foremost they provide wise counsel to military undergoing transition.
As a FourBlock volunteer and a US Army veteran myself, I wish that this program would have been available when I was discharged in the early 1990's. I have personally witnessed the positive impact that this program has had on today's transitioning student veteran by providing the tools and training needed for their successful transition into the civilian workforce.
To Mike Abrams and Roger Roley as well as to all current and future FourBlock students - thank you all for your service and for everything that you have done and continue to do for our country! Hooah!
As a Vietnam veteran and past Commander of the American Legion, I have worked with many VSOs trying to help our returning service members.
Only FOUR BLOCK and Mike Abrams excel at providing the tools and motivation allowing service members to transition to active productive members of the community.
When I found 4Block, I was 1 year out of the military and enrolled in a graduate program. I was pretty lost and ineffective, in the job search. Before the program, I applied to multiple jobs/positions that I was over qualified to do but never received a response. After 4Block, I learned to give my elevator pitch, the importance of networking in job hunting, the relevance of networking events, how to work a room, and it was an extremely positive experience that I would recommend for all veterans enrolled in an educational institution.
I've tried out some veteran groups before and while each one has comradery they don't do a lot. So I was surprised when FourBlock did more than turn oxygen into carbon dioxide, they helped gear us up to be successful. Not only giving us tools and resources for later but also connecting us with people/companies that were in our target area. I've told all of my other vet buddies to check them out, they offer a terrific service and only ask that you help out a vet down the road.
Four Block does a phenomenal job assisting veterans with their career transitions. I have personally witnessed the transformation of seasoned military veterans with high potential but near-zero corporate awareness, to polished business leaders ready to take on the challenge of the civilian workforce. The Four Block team understands the needs of veterans, leverages appropriate corporate leadership resources, and goes above and beyond to create successful transition stories. I am thrilled that I became acquainted with this wonderful program and its leadership, and I look forward to supporting for years to come.