Saturday, November 4, 2017
Robert P. Givens serves as the president of RPG Consulting in Louisville, Kentucky, where he handles operations for process improvement and aids clients with strategic planning and enterprise management. Beyond his professional obligations, Robert P. Givens serves on the advisory board of the veteran support organization Where Opportunity Knox, which administers veteran aid programs such as the Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program (SLCFP).
The SLCFP is a career skills program that offers an insider’s insight on preparing to transition from military service to civilian life. Military personnel who participate in the program learn skills for developing a civilian career path after military service and engage in experiential learning through workshops, job training, and networking events. Additionally, the program helps Fellows establish future career goals and create tool kits for success.
Classes run every eight weeks, with the next class taking place in February 2018. Over the course of the program, participants will attend eight mandatory workshops and seminars one day a week at the organization’s Education Center. Curriculum includes resume tailoring, business etiquette, styles of communication, and organizational discourse. Fellows also receive an introduction to industry sectors.
Where Opportunity Knox manages the program in collaboration with the Army Continuing Education System and the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP). Program applicants must complete SFL-TAP transition workshops prior to applying and submit a general resume and cover letter.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Robert P. Givens is the president of RPG Consulting LLC. Outside of work, Robert P. Givens remains actively involved in supporting veterans through organizations like Where Opportunity Knox.
Understanding the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life after military service, Where Opportunity Knox seeks to connect veterans and their spouses to meaningful employment opportunities in the Greater Louisville, Kentucky, area.
The strength of the organization’s program lies in the strong mentorship that participants receive. Before even applying for a job, candidates meet with mentors to develop a resume that reflects their personal strengths and experiences. Then, mentors offer interview preparation complete with mock interview experiences.
Many of the organization’s mentors come from the community or from the many companies with which it has partnered to provide job opportunities. Veterans are invited to tour the companies and create important connections that will help them in their search for employment.
Participants also have the opportunity to network with local community and business leaders, as well as fellow members of the Where Opportunity Knox program.