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Webinar Series: Guided Group Discovery and Customized Employment for Veterans

September 30, 2020

In June, the LEAD Center held a two-part webinar series that focused on two strategies to help Veterans who experience barriers to employment: Guided Group Discovery (GGD) and Customized Employment (CE). Many Veterans are unsure about their path to civilian employment and seek guidance on how to proceed. Guided Group Discovery is a set of strategies that can benefit any job seeker, especially people who face barriers to employment, in identifying possible jobs and career paths. Customized Employment is a strategy for helping people who have not been successful with traditional job search approaches (e.g., identifying open positions, filling out applications, and interviewing) obtain employment. While traditional job search approaches work well for some, often people experiencing barriers to employment do not compete well and can become frustrated.

Guided Group Discovery: Paving a Road to Employment

On June 17, the LEAD Center presented this webinar to the National Veterans Technical Assistance Center grantees to help them learn the rationales for using Guided Group Discovery, explore GGD strategies that can benefit Veterans during their job search, identify ways to guide Veterans in determining how their military training, discipline, and mission focus can benefit an employer, and identify helpful resources to support Veterans transitioning into civilian employment such as the Guided Group Discovery - Veterans Edition Facilitator Guide.

LEAD Center Guided Group Discovery -- Veterans Edition Facilitator Guide

Customizing Employment: Strategies for Employment Success

The first step in CE is Discovery. Building off of the June 17th webinar on Guided Group Discovery, the LEAD Center presented an additional webinar to the National Veterans Technical Assistance Center grantees on June 24 to help them gain an understanding of the Customized Employment process. This included learning about the benefits of CE to employers, exploring approaches to CE that can assist Veterans seeking employment in achieving an employment outcome, and providing access to resources on CE.