Guest post by Alicia Harris-Turner, manager of Employment Strategy and Compliance at DTE Energy

It is always gratifying to make a positive impact on someone’s life, and doing it for a living is the ultimate reward. In my position, I work on initiatives for hiring and training military veterans for the fantastic career opportunities at DTE Energy.

While I do not interact with the candidates on a daily basis, I still experience a deep sense of satisfaction when I discover the impact the programs have in our community.

In our office, conversations drift over one another, and I sometimes let them float by if they do not involve me. But there are times when my ear will automatically tune in because of the excitement I overhear in a recruiter’s voice.  That voice is filled with happiness and enthusiasm for extending a job offer to a veteran. It is further compounded when the candidate emphatically exclaims the big impact this will have on his/her life and family, and the enthusiasm bubbles over.

I am proud that DTE is dedicated to providing veterans an opportunity to further their careers, and our company was recently awarded Gold Level status as one of Michigan’s Veteran Friendly Employers. DTE is one of only six companies to achieve this status from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) for actively employing veterans into their workforce.

Our company’s initiatives can provide a bridge to skilled veterans looking to make major life changes, such as embarking on a new career, starting a family and buying a new house. Who would be more deserving to benefit from the initiatives than the servicemen and servicewomen who have served our country for us!

It is a rewarding experience to provide opportunities for qualified veterans within Michigan’s business community. To date, our state’s unemployment rate for veterans is less than six percent. My hope is to continue this success by increasing our veteran workforce within DTE Energy.

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