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Career guidance

There isn’t just one route to a VA job — which means there isn’t one-size-fits-all advice for every applicant. We’ve put together helpful information and career guidance for several of our most common applicant groups.    

Opportunities for all

Maybe you’re coming from the military, looking for your first job out of college, or searching for a flexible job that lets you support your military spouse. Check out our advice for these unique career paths. 

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For Veterans and transitioning military

Veterans and those exiting the military often receive hiring preference for available VA positions. 

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For military spouses

We are dedicated to recruiting military spouses to meaningful careers at VA. 


For students and new grads

Take the first step in your career at VA with internships, training, fellowships, and more.

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For trainees

Get job-specific training through programs for health care professionals and others in high-need occupations.

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For civilian professionals

Learn more about transitioning from the private sector to a federal job at VA.

A lot of people just go to work, 9:00-5:00, and they go home. But here at the VA, it’s more than just a job.

Ryan Mehlhoff
HVAC Equipment Mechanic

Know where you fit in at VA?

Visit our careers page to learn more about your field and get links to specific jobs. 

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