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Syracuse University Alum Helps Veterans Get Media Careers

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Stephen Sartori
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Syracuse University

Central New York veterans could get a glimpse into a variety of jobs in the media and advertising worlds, and perhaps find a career thanks to a Syracuse University alumnus. Jack Myers runs MediaVillage that shares research with various aspects of media about business and hiring. They’ve made a recent push to increase diversity in the industry and to help veterans. And Myers believes ex-military can be great fits for many behind the camera media jobs.

“Engineering, tech, human resources. You cut across almost every industry, every category, every job. We’re searching for, in our industry, diverse candidates beyond the entry level. Senior management and executive positions, and that’s where the opportunities for the military really are opportune.”

Myers is joining with SU’s National Veterans Resource Center on making connections to careers, not just entry level jobs. His father was one of 14,000 vets who went to S-U on the G.I. Bill after World War II. Myers followed, and notes university acceptance of veterans has changed.

“I went to school there in the 60s, and it was not best time for the military to be on campus. But today, there’s a real receptivity and the military, the students, IVMF students are really integrated in and accepted across the university”

His company MediaVillage holds a virtual career meet-up for members of the vet center, other veterans and their families with NBC Universal. Opportunities will be shared in: Advertising Sales and Operations, Marketing, Talent Acquisition and other fields. The free career session is Tuesday at Noon.

Register through the IVMF at Syracuse University.

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.