“When I found UTHealth Houston in 2021, I knew it was the perfect job for me,” said Nathan Jeter, a U.S. Navy veteran now working in the Office of Public Affairs at the university.
The multimedia specialist is one of hundreds of veterans camouflaged within the tapestry of UTHealth Houston’s workforce.
“It’s not a status that most veterans like to throw around. We don’t wave our veteran flag,” said Jeter. “It’s kind of like, all right, I did my service, and I’m going to keep that to me.”
As a petty officer third class, Jeter was based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island from 2010 – 2013. He never deployed, but flew a detachment mission to Sigonella, Italy.
“I loved it,” said Jeter. “I had a very strong sense of pride when I was in the Navy. I still do.”
Honoring and Recruiting Veterans
Honing in on the humble attitude, selfless service, and strong work ethic unique to veterans, is what propels Jacob Lange, a talent acquisition specialist III at UTHealth Houston. He works to specifically recruit and retain individuals coming out of the military.
“Their skills are transferable,” said Lange. “They bring a different thought process, a team atmosphere you may not get from another individual.”
Lange, whose grandfather and great-grandfather are both veterans, is proud to represent UTHealth Houston on the Texas Medical Center Veterans Committee. The group honors recent veteran hires each November and collaborates monthly on recruiting initiatives.
UTHealth Houston’s Veteran Support
Transitioning from a life in the military to a civilian career isn’t always easy, which is why UTHealth Houston is proud to offer the following programs for veterans.
- Weekly timeslots for veterans to speak with a recruiter
- Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (VBSN) through the Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston
- Job search by military occupation code
Veterans will find many opportunities, from research and clinical roles to campus and administration staff on UTHealth Houston’s veterans career page.
“We’re looking for anyone that wants to expand their skills, has a commitment to patient care, or wants to build themselves up and contribute to the institution’s goals,” said Lange.
After fulfilling his duties in the military, Jeter says pursuing a career with UTHealth Houston was a rewarding career choice.
“I think UTHealth Houston puts more emphasis on being a veteran than any previous employer that I’ve ever had. I truly believe that if I need something, if I need some help, or maybe I’m just not doing well, I know there are more places to go here than I’ve ever seen before,” said Jeter.
If you or someone you know is interested in exploring career opportunities for veterans at the university, visit this page.