Robert Fleming, a marine who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, returned to civilian life some six weeks ago.

On Wednesday after­noon, he attended the 8th annual Vet­erans’ Job Fair at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity to get a better idea of how he should begin the next phase of his life.

Do I want to get a job in a man­age­ment role or would it be more ben­e­fi­cial to get an MBA?” Fleming said. “I have real-​​world man­age­ment expe­ri­ence,” he added, noting his use of top-​​of-​​the-​​line tech­nology on the battlefield.

Fleming was among approx­i­mately 300 vet­erans who net­worked, handed out résumés and exchanged busi­ness cards with more than 160 employers who filled the Cabot Cage for the event, which was spon­sored in part by North­eastern and the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Vet­erans’ Services.

In 2009, North­eastern reaf­firmed its com­mit­ment to edu­ca­tion for vet­erans by pledging $2 mil­lion to the Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram. Under the pro­gram, North­eastern pro­vides free tuition to nearly 200 vet­erans who have served in the post-​​9/​11 era.

Mass­a­chu­setts Lt. Gov. Tim­othy Murray attended the fair to meet with employers and vet­erans, whom he praised for being “goal-​​oriented.”

Vet­erans come ready and willing to work in high-​​stress envi­ron­ments,” said Murray, chair of the Governor’s Advi­sory Council on Vet­erans’ Ser­vices. “It’s impor­tant that both employers and the gen­eral public under­stand and appre­ciate the com­mit­ment vet­erans have made through their mil­i­tary training.”

Lead­er­ship and team-​​building skills acquired by vet­erans through ser­vice make them uniquely suited to suc­ceed in the work­place, noted Maria Stein, the university’s director of career ser­vices, which helps vet­erans ease the tran­si­tion from mil­i­tary to col­le­giate life.

Vet­erans are valu­able con­trib­u­tors to our com­mu­nity and to society at-​​large,” she said.

Employers agreed. K Moy, a staffing spe­cialist for Brigham and Women’s Hos­pital, for example, praised vet­erans for their dis­ci­pline, dili­gence and decision-​​making.

Vet­erans do so much,” she said. “We want to give back by giving them guid­ance and helping them get jobs when they return [from service].”

Cisco Sys­tems Inc., a multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tion that designs, man­u­fac­tures and sells net­working equip­ment, is part of a major ini­tia­tive to hire 100,000 vet­erans and mil­i­tary per­sonnel by the end of 2020.

Rachael Jacobson, a career ser­vices man­ager for Cisco, attended the fair in search of vet­erans with exper­tise in busi­ness, finance and engi­neering. “We’re looking for a diverse work­place with people with new ideas and dif­ferent ways of looking at things,” she said, noting that vet­erans bring “dis­ci­pline and good lead­er­ship qual­i­ties” to the office.