Employment Transition Manager – Kentucky
James Rogers serves as the OJRV Employment Transition Manager for the state of Kentucky. His role allows him to assist veterans, service members, and their families who are seeking gainful employment by working with them to overcome employment barriers and build career goals. James assists with clients’ transition into civilian employment by providing guidance on networking, interview strategies, and resume writing as well as one-on-one coaching.
James served honorably in the U.S. Navy as a master-at-arms, then became a command career counselor and education services officer working with sailors to meet their military career goals. He remained in the command career counselor role for the rest of his Navy career. Upon transitioning out of his active-duty role, James found it difficult to obtain meaningful employment. He worked in manufacturing and logistics while in college. James obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration and then continued on in his education to earn his MBA.
Since obtaining his MBA, James has worked within the community through nonprofit and grant programs focusing on employment resources for veterans and youth with barriers. He has held various positions in these programs, including veterans outreach coordinator, youth talent development specialist, and career transition specialist. James understands firsthand the difficulties veterans, service members, and their families face when transitioning out of their military career and is eager to assist others through their transitions.
James is also a proud husband to his wife and father to four children. He vows to raise his children with compassion and integrity and to instill in them the will to help others in need. He also enjoys extracurricular activities; his favorite family activity is kayaking. James enjoys his role as a youth travel softball coach.