Career Transition Workshop

Linthicum Heights, MD
SAME Career Transition Workshop

Virtual Program: Begins January 16, 2024 | On-Site Program: February 14 – 16, 2024

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(combination of virtual and on-site programming)

Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore at BWI Airport
1300 Concourse Dr, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 

Registration for Job Seekers has Closed.

SAME Career Transition Workshop Partner NextOp

SAME, in partnership with NextOp, is excited to bring you the 2024 Career Transition Workshop. If you are looking to kick-start your next career opportunity, or looking to add talent to your team, join us for the 2024 SAME Career Transition Workshop (CTW) in partnership with NextOp, a non-profit organization connecting veterans and military members to career opportunities. Their goal is to bridge the gap between the military and industries in need of diverse and skilled talent, specifically for mid-level enlisted personnel.

For job seekers: You’ll get the full experience: from resume and LinkedIn reviews to robust educational sessions and recruiter interviews from a wide variety of companies (onsite only). If you can’t make the onsite event, you’ll gain valuable insight and experience through an extensive virtual program.

For recruiters: You spoke, and we listened. Many of you have asked for more enlisted participation in the Career Transition Workshop.  In an effort to build a stronger enlisted presence, we have partnered with NextOp, specifically for this event; they are an SAME Strategic Partner that specializes in assisting mid-level enlisted service members as they transition into the private sector and find jobs.  This is a pilot program for 2024, so we are excited to hear your thoughts about it after the workshop.  We will still have our normal demographic present, which typically includes O5-O6 retirees and some junior officers who are separating. Additionally, the SAME Foundation granted our program an additional $10,000 to subsidize travel & lodging for service members trying to get to Linthicum for the in-person interviews and networking.  We’ve developed a robust education program that you are welcome to take part in as well.  We think this will be an exciting year for the workshop and hope you will consider joining us! 

This event is for professionals of all levels looking for a change in their career. Whether you’re a junior officer or an enlisted service member transitioning out of active duty, or a senior officer retiring after serving for 20+ years…or if you are a professional looking for a change, there is no better time than now to join us for this highly interactive, educational, SAME Career Transition Workshop.

Pre-Event Training Sessions

The 2024 Career Transition Workshop got underway with pre-event training sessions held in January. These presentations are tailored to help attendees get a head start on preparing for the in-person workshop and recruiter interviews, Feb. 14-16. Register in each video to listen to the recording (free to listen).

Finding Your Fit

Hindsight on Transitions

Resumes & LinkedIn

Your Next Great Hire

Recruiting Companies

For companies looking for talent to add to their team, you’ll have the chance to meet one-on-one with great professionals at all experience levels who are well-versed in achieving missions in the federal A/E/C marketplace. By purchasing a recruitment suite, your company will be able to host and meet with these professional one-on-one to discuss any career opportunities within your organization. All Suite purchases include a suite, which can double as your sleeping quarters, and two recruiter registration. All Recruiting companies will also receive all registered job seeker resumes prior to the event!

Please contact Kennedy Gillie at to purchase a recruitment suite.

Company Size



Large Business (2,001 and more)



Medium Business (101-2,000 Employees)



Small Business (100 Employees or less)



Academic Institution



Government Agency



Recruiting Companies List

Acuity AECOM Architect of the Capitol
AtkinsRéalis Group Careers Baltimore County Police Department Black & Veatch
Booz Allen Hamilton CDM Smith Dewberry
Gilbane Global Recruiters of Charlottesville GPD
Kiewit Hanson Haskell
Indian Health Service Jacobs MBP
mcfa Merrick Michael Baker Intl
Mott MacDonald NAVFAC Olsson
POND RS&H Sain Engineering Associates, Inc. (SEA)
Stanley Consultants Stantec Street Legal Industries, Inc. (SL)
STV Tetra Tech Careers TranSystems
U.S. Dept. of State USSF Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia Tech WJE The Whiting Turner Contracting Company
Virtual Program (EST unless otherwise specified)
Date Time Event
Jan. 16 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Finding Your Fit
Col. Sal Nodjomian, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), CEO, Matrix Design Group
Melvin Jackson, USMC (Ret.), Employment Coordinator, NextOp

Jan. 16 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Resumes & LinkedIn in 2024
Carla Miller, MHR, MAIR, Deputy Director, Career Connector Program, Hiring Our Heroes
Cathy Miclat, CSM, CSPO, Director of Career Services, Vets2PM
Jan. 23 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 20/20 Hindsight Panel
Col. Ed. Chamberlayne, Ph.D., P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), SVP for Federal Programs,
Prime AE Group
Hayley Blaser, USN Veteran
Mark Himes, USA Veteran
Charles Bischoff, USA Veteran
Jan. 23 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Your Next Great Hire (For Recruiters)
Jeffrey Jones, Tetra Tech
Eric Noe, Tetra Tech
Christian Dietz, Tetra Tech

Jan. 16
Jan. 19
Jan. 22
Jan. 30-31
5:30 PM
11:59 pm PST
Various Times
Resume & LinkedIn Review Sign-ups Open
Resume & LinkedIn Review Sign-ups Close
Resume & LinkedIn Appointment times shared
Resume & LinkedIn Review Appointments
Feb. 2
Feb. 5
Feb. 7
Feb. 8
11:59 PM PST
5:30 PM
11:59 PM PST
Resumes Due
Interview Sign-ups Open
Interview Sign-ups Close
Interview Appointments are shared

For more information or if you are interested in purchasing a recruitment suite, please contact Kennedy Gillie at or 703-549-3800 ext. 133.

On-Site – Embassy Suites, Linthicum, MD
Date Time Event
Feb. 14 4:00 – 6:00 PM Registration Open
Feb. 14 5:00 – 7:00 PM Networking Reception
Feb. 15 7:00 – 9:00 AM Complimentary Breakfast at hotel
Feb. 15 9:00 – 10:00 AM Welcome, Program Recap & Summary
Col. Sal Nodjomian, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)
Feb. 15 10:00 – 10:30 AM Break & Interview Prep
Feb. 15 10:30 – 12:20 PM Company Recruitment Suites Open
Professional Headshots Open
Feb. 15 12:20 – 1:30 PM Networking Lunch – 2nd Floor Concourse
Feb. 15 1:30 – 6:00 PM Company Recruitment Suites Open
Professional Headshots Open
Feb. 16 7:00 – 8:00 AM Complimentary Breakfast at hotel
Feb. 16 8:00 – 11:20 AM Company Recruitment Suites Open
Feb. 16 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Networking Lunch – 2nd Floor Concourse
Feb. 16 12:30 PM Official event end
Hotel Information

The Career Transition Workshop will be held at the Embassy Suites at Baltimore BWI Airport,
Linthicum, MD.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore at BWI Airport
1300 Concourse Drive
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Hotel Reservations

SAME has established a block of rooms at the rate of $115 per night plus state and local taxes. Rooms are available at the group rate until January 29, 2024, or the block is sold-out, whichever is first. Hotel rooms are available for arrivals on Wednesday, February 14 and departures on Friday, February 16, 2024.

Our hotel room block is reserved for Registered attendees only.

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

The hotel registration’s link below should be used to book additional sleeping rooms (not recruitment suites) for recruiters, and job seekers. Please email if you have any questions about booking your room.

Hotel Room

If you need to book a hotel room, contact Kennedy Gillie, SAME National Office, at


For those traveling by air, Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is the more convenient airport (2.0 miles from hotel).
The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle from Baltimore/Washington International.

Washington National Airport: 40.0 miles

Washington Dulles International Airport: 50.0 miles


Self-parking is complimentary. Valet parking is not available.

Participant Registration

Job Seekers

Type Member Non-Member
Private Industry $50 $100
Uniformed Service/Government $0 $10
Unemployed Individual $0 $100

Registration for Job Seekers has Closed.

Recruiter registrations are handled through the Suite purchase process. Please contact for details.

Job seekers should contact for questions.

Thank You to Our Partners


The SAME transition workshop has been the most significant and fruitful experience to kick-start my job-hunting network and has greatly expanded my opportunity regarding a follow-on career after military service.

Ward Doss, U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps (2023 Job Seeker)

I can think of no better event to serve our separating and former military engineers as they transition to their next opportunity.

Craig Quadrato, WJE (2023 Recruiter)

I found this the most beneficial workshop for improving my networking, interviewing, and professional development skills.

Tim Sobieski, USAF, (2023 Job Seeker)