The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and VetAdvisor have launched our national Veterans Job Retention Survey, and we’re hoping all interested veterans will participate. We’ve put together some FAQ to help better understand the reasons why we’ve launched the survey and how participation will help us better serve veterans.
- Where do I take the survey? How long will it be open?
◦ The survey, which can be found at www.retainingvets.org, will be open until we get a statistically significant number of responses. We are hoping to get 5,000 veterans to take the survey.
- What is the target population for the survey?
◦ The target response population for this survey is both current military service members and veterans over the age of 18, so that we can assess both the transition planning of current service members and the experiences of veterans who have already transitioned in finding and maintaining employment after service.
- Do I have to complete the survey in one sitting?
◦ It is recommended that you complete the survey in one sitting, as it is anonymous and the survey won’t record or remember your responses until the end when you submit your answers.
- Are the data confidential?
◦ Yes! All data collected from individuals are confidential and will never be released with any identifying information attached.
◦ Yes! Individuals that submit their information can be assured that the data are secure. Only authorized research personnel have access to the data on the Web-based survey. In addition, a personalized ID and password are needed to access the Web-based survey.
- What if I don’t know an answer to a question?
◦ There are no right or wrong answers, as many of the questions are asking about your personal experience. We just need your honest answers, and please be as accurate as possible.
- What kinds of questions will the Veterans Job Retention Survey ask?
◦ The survey will ask general demographics questions, as well as questions about veteran status, employment status, the number of jobs held after service, industry and job types to compare data across groups of veterans.
- What is job retention? Why does it matter?
◦ With hiring veterans in the national spotlight, it’s important to ensure veterans are able to both find and maintain employment after service. If we can better understand the factors that go into why veterans stay or leave their first job, we can help employers better retain veterans and their unique skills and experiences.
- Why the focus on a veterans’ first job after leaving the military?
◦ Anecdotal evidence indicates that many veterans do not stay long at their first job after separation. We’re interested in gathering data to support (or refute) that evidence, and to better understand the causes that lead to this phenomena.
- When will the results be available?
◦ The results of the Veteran’s Job Retention Survey will be available by 2014, after the research team completes data analysis and the creation of a research report detailing the results.
- What will we be able to learn from the results?
◦ The results of this survey will provide important insights into the employment experiences of veterans after military service, including how many job they have, which industries they have found long-term employment in, and how long veterans stay at their first jobs after service. These findings have significant implications for the career trajectories of veterans after service and more information on this topic can support the implementation of policies and programs designed to increase veterans’ post-service career success.
- Can I take the survey more than once?
◦ We request that you do not take the survey more than once, as this will negatively impact the accuracy of our study results. In addition, the online data collection software that we use, Qualtrics, will remember your IP address so you should not be able to complete multiple surveys.
- Can I take the survey on a mobile device or tablet?
◦ It is recommended that you complete the survey on a computer, especially since accessing the survey may use part of your data plan if you access it using a mobile device.