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NEWS | Feb. 23, 2016

Career Assistance Advisors: Mentoring foundation of Air Force

By Senior Airman Brittany E. N. Murphy 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

From assisting U.S. Service members with vital career decisions to training future military leaders, Air Force Career Assistance Advisors are a one-stop-shop for career guidance.

At Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Career Assistance Advisors assist Airmen through a wide variety of methods including briefings, exploring other career avenues, leadership courses, and providing personal career advice. 

The informed decision workshop is one of many briefings Langley CAAs give.

"[This briefing] is designed not to twist the arm of Airmen to stay in," said Senior Master Sgt. Terrance Smiley, 633rd Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor, "but to provide them with the information so that they can make an informed decision one way or the other."

Advisors also offer classes during their professional development week. During this week, CAAs offer classes ranging from effective bullet and decoration writing and counseling and mentoring and leadership courses from the John Maxwell series. Many of the classes are provided to help personnel who are in supervisory positions and they are not limited to only enlisted members. Officers and civilians are encouraged and often attend these leadership courses as well.

"[These courses are good for] civilians who are supervising Airmen to make sure they know how to write bullets effectively, to write a decoration or how the evaluation system has changed," said Smiley.

Career assistance advisors not only provide educational training opportunities, but also one-on-one advice regarding an individual's career options, like cross training or deciding to separate from the Air Force.

"From a career advisor perspective, we are considered the eyes and ears for the commanders on the base," said Smiley. "I get a lot of people who are looking for career options and [sometimes] my job is more about knowing where to point someone."

Whether you are deciding to make a change in your career or would like to progress by taking a professional development course, the Langley Career Assistance Advisors are here, willing and able to assist.

The career assistance advisors office is located in the recently renovated Joint Base Langley-Eustis Professional Development Center.

For more information, contact the Career Assistance Advisor office at 764-3166.