CAF introduces new online career transition tool

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Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have a new tool to help facilitate their transition into the civilian workforce.

MNET, which officially launched October 16, 2017, is a free online career transition tool that matches military occupations with civilian occupations and job openings. MNET is short for Military Occupational Structure ID (MOSID) to National Occupational Classification (NOC) Equivalency Tool.

To use MNET, CAF members and Veterans just need to enter information about their military career, which is matched to civilian occupations. MNET also provides a link to relevant civilian employment opportunities on the Government of Canada’s Job Bank.

Employers can also use MNET to understand a particular military occupation and post anticipatory job openings specifically to Veterans.

“It is exciting to see the implementation of this great initiative. It would not have been possible without interdepartmental cooperation,” said Brigadier-General Mark Misener, the General Officer leading the creation of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group. “CAF members often think little of the training and experiences that they have amassed during their careers and the weight it can carry over into the competitive labour market.”

MNET is the result of coordinated efforts by the CAF’s Directorate of Casualty Support Management, the Military Personnel Generation Learning Support Centre, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). For example, in order to allow for the translation of military occupations to civilian equivalents, ESDC provided access to its vast catalogue on occupational information in Canada, which categorizes more than 30,000 occupational titles into groups that are organized according to skill types and levels.

The online tool, based on a United States Department of Labor application, was created and customized for Canadian military needs in large part using existing resources.

“The low cost of this system, when you look at how it will simplify job and personnel searches and make life easier for transitioning members, is really incredible!” said Captain (retired) Andy Choquette, one of MNET’s creators.

In addition to MNET, Veterans have access to VAC’s Veterans in the Public Service Unit, which was formed to help Veterans navigate the federal public service hiring process. This new unit assists Veterans by providing them with possible public service opportunities that match their skills and education. It also works with managers from across the public service to promote the training and experiences of Canadian Veterans for employment.

Other MNET components, such as a military skills translator and a mobile app, will be introduced in the coming months to continue enhancing member readiness for a successful military to civilian transition.

Access to MNET is available at: http://caface-rfacace.forces.gc.ca/mnet-oesc/.

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