North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dent vet­eran Adam Beatty, a Marine who has com­pleted two tours of duty in Iraq, recently received a valu­able piece of career advice from a former Navy SEAL and cur­rent senior policy adviser for Google.

He told me that my mil­i­tary expe­ri­ence has already dif­fer­en­ti­ated me from other job can­di­dates,” Beatty recalled, “but he said I need to do one more thing to show that I can make it in a dis­ci­pline out­side of the military.”

Beatty received these words of wisdom at the Stu­dent Vet­erans of America’s Inau­gural Lead­er­ship Insti­tute, a three-​​day summit fea­turing work­shops on designing and devel­oping thriving local chap­ters of the organization.

Beatty, the vice pres­i­dent of Northeastern’s chapter of Stu­dent Vet­erans of America, was one of approx­i­mately four dozen stu­dent vet­erans who attended the summit, which took place last month on Google’s Moun­tain View, Calif., campus.

Dis­cussing best prac­tices with his peers con­vinced Beatty of the need to develop a social media strategy for boosting the vis­i­bility of Northeastern’s com­mu­nity of stu­dent veterans.

Beatty noted that the senior policy adviser encour­aged him to create a blog about finan­cial aid for stu­dent vet­erans, a topic with which the junior busi­ness major is abun­dantly familiar. The goal of the blog, he said, would be to “help vet­erans deal with finan­cial issues and show poten­tial employers that I can trans­late my mil­i­tary expe­ri­ence into the civilian work force.”

Beatty, for his part, reg­u­larly updates the Face­book page for the university’s Stu­dent Vet­erans Orga­ni­za­tion, which cur­rently has 84 “likes.”  But, he said, “We want to use Face­book more aggres­sively and widen the spec­trum by inviting family and friends of stu­dent vet­erans who are inter­ested in sup­porting us.”

Northeastern’s Career Ser­vices office, which has received best-​​in-​​the-​​nation acco­lades from The Princeton Review, helps stu­dent vet­erans ease the tran­si­tion from mil­i­tary to collegiate life.

Michael Trudeau, the pres­i­dent of Northeastern’s chapter of the SVA, attended last spring’s career ser­vices work­shop for stu­dent vet­erans. In the future, the North­eastern work­shop will likely take place at least once per semester.

At the work­shop, Trudeau received expert advice on fine-​​tuning his resume, which, he said, helped him land a job as a research assis­tant for Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity.

It was a huge help and I hope we can con­tinue our rela­tion­ship in the future,” said Trudeau, a polit­ical sci­ence major who has con­ducted deep-​​sea dives as a sonar officer with the U.S. Navy. “The North­eastern stu­dent vet­eran,” he added, “is a for­mi­dable addi­tion to any work­place environment.”

North­eastern stu­dent vet­erans may soon double in number. The fed­eral government’s Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram, which oper­ates in con­junc­tion with the Depart­ment of Vet­erans Affairs, cur­rently pro­vides free tuition to roughly 120 North­eastern stu­dent vet­erans who have served in the post-​​9/​11 era. A change in the program’s funding struc­ture will enable North­eastern to enroll up to 252 stu­dent vet­erans begin­ning this fall.