8 Interview Tips for Active-Duty Service Members Transitioning to Civilian Life

 

In 2016, more than 180,000 active-duty personnel and officers separated from their respective branches of service. For some it was due to an expiration of term of service (ETS) and early release or retirement. For others, it could have been due to disability or other type of separation.

Whatever the reason, transitioning from active duty to civilian life can be a difficult experience. Add the pressure to find a new job, and the transition can become a burdensome challenge. This is especially true when it comes to the interview process.

Topics: Military and Veterans, Career Development

5 Essential Tips for Translating Military Experience to a Civilian Resume

 
Entering the workforce or changing careers can be one of the toughest hurdles of our lives. Even before we land a position, we must make it through the taxing job search process and develop a resume. Even then, we aren’t guaranteed a job.
 
Military members face even greater challenges when transitioning to civilian life.
 
Most often, with only military experience to rely on, where do you begin to translate codes, acronyms or training associated with terms civilians will understand? How do you condense years of military training into a resume that doesn’t span miles long?

Topics: Military and Veterans

How to 'Demilitarize:' 5 Tips for Service Members and Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

It may not be now, or in the near future, but that day will come. One day, you will leave the military. And when you separate, you’ll take the invaluable training, experience and confidence that the military instilled in you.

But will it be enough to transition into a competitive civilian job market?

Topics: Military and Veterans

How I Transitioned to a Successful Civilian Career and What I Did: Wendi Higgins ‘13

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A Commander’s Call held at the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., in December 2013. Image via the U.S. Air National Guard by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen.

Veterans face many difficulties when transitioning to civilian life. As service members, it is tough to find the same challenges or pride in civilian positions like we had in our military lives and accomplishments. Sometimes, it is hard translate the things we do into civilian terms.

Essentially, we are starting all over again. But it is possible to create a civilian network of colleagues and friends whose knowledge we can draw upon.

Topics: Military and Veterans, Careers

7 Ways to Earn College Credit for What You Already Know

Remember when you were that fresh-faced teen who just graduated from high school with no experience or understanding of the world? 

Today, things are probably much different for you as an adult. Maybe you run your own business, supervise employees or manage corporate finances. Perhaps you’ve dedicated your career to law enforcement or child care. Maybe you are an accomplished musician or have a background in computer programming.

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment, Transfer Credit, Military and Veterans, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College

10 Signs You Have More College-Level Knowledge Than You Think

Are you consulted as an expert in your industry? Are you respected in a specific field? Or is your resume just full of skills, expertise and experiences? If so, you may be able to translate that knowledge into college credit.

All too often, students think that only the courses they take sitting in a classroom will transfer as college credit. However, transfer credit can include professional licenses and certifications, military training and professional training. You can also earn credit through exams and portfolio assessment. Explore your transfer credit options so you do not have to put your life and career on hold by taking a course that, chances are, you already know everything about (and could probably teach!) Your goal is our goal – to finish your college degree – and the more options you have, the quicker you’ll get there.

Here are 10 signs that you probably already have more college-level knowledge than you think. If at any point you stop and say, “hey, that’s me!” – read on to learn how you can get those credits ASAP.

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment, Transfer Credit, Military and Veterans, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College

The Ultimate List of Military and Veteran Scholarships and Financial Aid

Whether its preparing for a civilian career, frequent deployments, advancing your rank, earning your degree while serving your country, figuring out your GI Bill benefits or navigating the challenges of having a family member on active duty…there’s a lot to handle if you are a member of the United States military, a military spouse or veteran. This leaves you little or no time to identify scholarships or financial assistance.

Getting the financial aid you deserve can prove tricky to find, but there are an increasing number of scholarship opportunities and support available to service members, veterans and their families. For instance, did you know there are scholarships available for grandchildren of military members? Even specialized scholarships for each branch of the United States military?

Topics: Military and Veterans, Scholarships and Financial Aid

Can Your Real World Experience Earn You College Credit?

 

Prior learning assessment (PLA) is designed to help students gain college credit for knowledge gained through real life experiences. As a mentor for the University, when I consider that, I can't help but gravitate towards the many students that have had success through the music PLA credits they've earned while serving our country in the armed forces in locations throughout the world.

Many adult learners are actively engaged overseas and are at the same time demonstrating for me their music backgrounds and capabilities. I wish that more members of the armed forces bands knew that it is possible to gain college credit for what they already know!

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment, Military and Veterans, Mentors