FALL 2018

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ISTOCKPHOTO 32 Navy | Fall 2018 EDUCATION FOR VETERANS I 'm old enough to remember when you could only get a degree by going to a univer- sity or a community college. You had to sit in a classroom, carry heavy books, and register for classes live and in person. If you wanted to learn about resumes, soware, or any other skills, you had to go to the learning center. I'll be honest … some- times I miss those days. Not the weight of the books or nerves before •nals, but the excitement of learning new things and sharing that experience with others. I am, however, grateful for the way technology has changed options for students. Colleges, service providers, companies, and individuals are now turning to tech-enabled ways to provide training and education. •ese options are convenient, acces- sible, and sometimes even a•ordable. However, these new education opportunities also present new questions. Should you start with a degree program, or look for training certi•cations instead? Which programs are worth the time and expense? •ere is no single right way to pursue a career outside the military, whether you're planning to retire or transition before that point. While you must research to ensure programs are fully accredited and valued in your future profession, you also have to •gure out what will keep you motived (and won't break the bank). Most careers need a combination of three things: KNOWLEDGE (degrees and certi•cations), SKILLS (work tasks and soware), and ABILITIES (demon- strated mastery of skills). •inking about these factors can help you to wade through the options and make the best decision for you. 1. Are you missing education or a certication? You can demonstrate knowledge by getting a college degree or certi•cation. If you're still in, you can use Tuition Assistance, and if you're already out you may have the GI Bill. DO NOT PAY OUT OF POCKET. Programs like Onward to Opportunity, Yellow Ribbon, and Student Veterans of America can help. Look at LinkedIn pro•les for people in your future •eld. What do they have that you don't? 2. Do you have the right skills? It's not enough to have skills—you have to show that you've used them. If you don't have relevant experience, consider an internship. Many services o•er internships for people who are leaving the mili- tary. If you're already out, consider internships through a degree or directly through a top company like SAS, GlaxoSmithKline, or Bank of America. 3. Are your abilities apparent on your resume? Do not pay someone to write your resume. Trust me. Instead, take advantage of free career courses designed to help you demonstrate your abilities to employers. CASY has a great program that o•ers free, online live and on-demand training. You can register today at for-live-training. At the end of the day, whatever you choose, know that there's always more than one way to get where you want to be—and we're all rooting for you. is article was submitted by the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network and Corporate America Supports You (CASY). Making the "Right" Choice By Amy Rossi Most careers need a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities.

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