Considering the modern-day job market, the degree you choose makes a huge difference in helping you land a decent job post-military service. Read on and learn some essential points to ponder on when choosing a career.
To Be or Not to Be, That is the Question
So your military service to your country has finally reached its end, and you’re now in yet another crossroad in life. You will have to transition into civilian life once more and face new responsibilities. This means choosing a career path you feel most comfortable with. Having a military background, you have two basic options:
- Choose a civilian version of whatever your career may have been while in military service. This option makes the transition phase a whole lot easier for you, since you’re on more familiar ground. You won’t have to go back to square one and cope with having to work on a new set of skills that deviate from the nature of your previous work.
- Or you can be bolder and try an entirely different career path not at all related to your old one. Simply take the time to introspect and listen to your calling. Lucky for you, your military background and experience can open many doors to various civilian careers.
Either way, you have a shot at any given field, such as office administration, human resource management, computer software engineering, data entry, and more.
Still in Doubt About Your Decision? Seek Help from Career Counselors
Yes, there are such persons as education service officers and career counselors, who can provide soundly accurate career assessment tools to assist in matching whatever interests and skills you may have with compatible career choices. Whether you’re still on active duty or perhaps a reserve service member, you can simply inquire from your local education service office for more details. If you happen to be a veteran, you can seek career counseling and employment assistance via the office of the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Choosing the Right Veterans College
After determining your goals and having thought long and hard about your future, you can venture into whatever degree that interests or suits you best, provided that you choose a school that is right for you. Before making a final decision, make sure that:
- The veteran’s college is duly accredited and offers the particular degree program you desire.
- The GI Bill or Military Tuition Assistance covers the cost of the college degree you choose.
- The veteran’s college grants academic credit and experience, per recommendation of the ACE (American Council on Education).
Considering Online Education
In this modern day and age, it is often more practical to do and accomplish things via the internet. If you feel more inclined to try the non-traditional and more flexible online approach, you should know that any bona fide veteran’s college offering online bachelor’s degree programs should possess a regional or national accreditation, to confirm its eligibility for Military Tuition Assistance and the GI Bill. By steering clear of unaccredited online schools, you are sparing yourself from the numerous ‘diploma mills’ out there.