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Great Online Degree Options for Transitioning Service Members or Military Spouses

Posted by Kelli McKinney

online degree programs for militaryYou’ve sacrificed for your country, traveled to places beyond your imagination and dedicated your life to your job. And now you’ve decided that it’s time to make a change. Perhaps education is part of your plan, but you know that you will need to work, care for your growing family and go to school in order to make it happen. It’s a scheduling challenge, to be sure, but it’s not impossible.

Exactly how is this supposed to work, you may be wondering?  Two words: Online. Education.

An online degree program gives you the structure of a degree program, deadlines to work against, and support from professors, advisors, and students – but puts you in the driver’s seat. They’re a smart choice for many working adults because they offer the prestige of an accredited university along with the flexibility that online services provide plus they acquaint you with technology like video conferencing and shared workspaces that you will encounter in many workplaces.

If this sounds like an option for you, consider these popular online degree programs.

 

Business Administration

Looking for an entrance to the business world? Look no further than a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

The Appeal: It’s the closest to a “jack-of-all-trades” degree you can find. The business administration degree provides a solid foundation in the basic building blocks of industry: finance, accounting, marketing and communication. These skills are what most employers seek, regardless of how the economy is performing.

The Degree: The College Board, an academic group that administers exams like the SAT, says that a degree in business administration teaches students how to “plan, organize, direct, and control an organization’s activities. “

The Career Potential: Anything from a personal financial advisor to a marketing research analyst can begin with a bachelor in business administration. 

 

Accounting

If numbers are your thing, check out a degree program in accounting to jump-start a successful career.

The Appeal: When all is said and done, companies need someone who knows how to balance the books and pay the bills.  This makes the tools of the accounting trade desirable now and for years to come.

The Degree: Most accounting students learn about financial measurements and methodology, plus specialized areas like business law, government accounting, auditing and nonprofit financial performance.

The Career Potential: The possibilities are extensive with an accounting degree. From tax examiner or auditor to analyst or accountant, this degree can prepare you for a number of careers with staying power.

 

Health Care Administration

Thanks to the nearly indestructible baby boomers, a health care administration degree is a highly desirable asset.

The Appeal: Health care service providers are gearing up to serve their communities, and with the numerous changes taking place in the medical insurance industry, there will likely continue to be a need for savvy administrators for the foreseeable future.

The Degree: Health care administration majors learn all fathomable aspects of overseeing health care facilities.  According to the College Board, coursework can include health care law, ethics, aging, and long-term care.

The Career Potential: This degree is a must-have if you want to be an executive administrator in the medical field, according to the U. S. Department of Labor.

 

Communications

With the click of a mouse, any message can be delivered in virtually any media anywhere within seconds. If this fact fascinates you, you are not alone. This is why communications degrees are in demand.

The Appeal: Organizations need people who know how to craft, distribute, and monitor messaging in order to both protect their brand and help grow it successfully.

Degree Details: In addition to learning how to read, write and speak publicly, communication majors learn to deconstruct a media message and debate issues.

The Career Potential: A bachelor’s degree in communications is one option to help you prep to pursue a public relations management position, according to the U. S. Department of Labor. You can also take a communications degree to get a job in marketing, advertising and marketing communications.

 

Computer Science

To paraphrase Madonna, we live in a technological world.  If you’re tech-savvy and want to continue to adapt with the ever-changing times, a degree in computer science might give you the staying power you seek.

The Appeal: Application and software development are going to continue to be needed as long as we continue to work and play on mobile devices. 

The Degree: Courses in computer science degree programs usually include programming in various “languages” as well as software design and user interaction.

The Career Potential: Application and software developers, system administrators and technicians usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or in a related field.

 

Education

Molding the next generation of thinkers and do-ers is a noble – and much needed – pursuit. If this appeals to you, a bachelor’s degree in education could be the way to go.

The Appeal: Baby boomers are beginning to exit the workforce, and their absence is not going to go unnoticed.  The need for strong teachers is perhaps more urgent than it has been in several years.

The Degree: Education majors study curriculum theory, teaching strategies, special education needs, educational psychology, and practical issues like lesson plan design, school health, and safety issues. 

The Career Potential: To teach in a public school, you must have a license from the state plus a bachelor’s degree in education.  

 

To find a school that offers a program matching your interests, use the Military Authority School Finder. 

Seven Tips for Successful Interviews

Posted by Kelli McKinney

interviewingYou’ve heard it before: You only have one chance to make a great first impression. Those crucial first few minutes of a job interview can make or break your chances to get an offer – or at least a next interview. 

Whether you’re a service member, military retiree, or military spouse, if it’s been while since you’ve interviewed for a job, take a look at these simple tips to help you amaze and astound your prospective new boss. In a good way.

  1. Bring extra copies of your resume.
  2. Arrive early.
  3. Make eye contact and sit up straight.
  4. Use language that demonstrates you know their industry – or at least have done a little research.
  5. Speak clearly and professionally – no slang, profanity, complaining or abbrevs.
  6. Ask relevant questions about the job and the company that demonstrate your interest and your abilities.
  7. Always send a follow-up thank you letter or email.

Above all, relax, do your best, and know that the right job for you is just around the corner.  And if you’re thinking about taking your skills and knowledge to the next level, check out our school finder for an easy way to research the best school for you.

 

Have you had any luck interviewing for a new job as a military spouse or transitioning servicemember? Please tell us about your experience below.

Kids and PCS: Helping Little Ones Cope

Posted by Kelli McKinney

helping kids with PCS movesIf you’ve been in the military for any length of time, you know first-hand the reaction that comes when you hear these three little initials: P.C.S. Permanent Change of Station. When you consider that many military families relocate every two years, the “P” seems more like “Potential” than “Permanent.”

The stress that can come with relocating a family can be a major headache, or it can be fuel for excitement. The way you handle moves with your children can make all the difference. Here are a few tips:

Before the move:

  1. Talk it up. If you know the orders are coming, start laying the groundwork for a stress-free move by making relocation just another part of the routine. You can discuss how exciting it is to explore new parts of the amazing country we live in. Learn fun facts about different places and start a collection (my child keeps rocks from every place we’ve ever lived). You can even tack a map on the wall and wonder out loud where you’ll be stationed next time. (Important note – For this to fly, you have to genuinely be excited and full of wonder – kids can sense a phony a mile away. So if you’re not excited and looking forward to it, they won’t either. If you don’t mean it, don’t say it, and find another way to cope.)
  2. Plan together. Pull up a couple of chairs and go online together to map out the trip to your new home. Let the kiddos locate fun places to stop along the way – and actually stop there to have fun.
  3. Let them pack their own stuff. If they’re old enough to read, they’re old enough to pack their own boxes. This is a win in two ways: first, there’s one item crossed off your to-do list. Plus, little Suzy doesn’t have to worry that you’re going to throw out her collection of Monster High dolls “by accident” during the move. Giving kids control over their belongings also lets them feel a little more secure in an otherwise insecure situation, which can go a long way in helping them adjust.

 

On the road:

  1. Bring a “go” bag. Pack a suitcase of overnight clothes, toiletries and important stuff for the car – but also pack a “go” bag loaded with games, snacks, drinks, music or other special items just for them to make the drive more fun.
  2. Brake for fun. A lot of families build in time for a family vacation along the way. Whether that’s a trip to an amusement park, a state park, or just a stop to see the world’s largest thimble, make your time together memorable in a good way.

 

On arrival:

  1. Let them nest. Kids can choose where they want their belongings, and if they’re old enough, let them help direct the movers where to place the furniture.
  2. Get familiar with new surroundings. Explore the new post together. Find important places like school, church, shopping or favorite restaurants together.

Remember that younger kids might get confused about the difference between PCS and deployment. Reassure your youngsters that mommy and daddy aren’t going away without them and keep the lines of communication open.

Moving doesn’t have to mean stressing. You can contact your Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) representative or your unit chaplain to talk about any concerns, or find out how to talk with kids about moving. There are usually family counseling and parenting classes offered at installation family centers if you’d like to get additional help.

And remember to help your kids keep in touch with old friends even while they are developing bff’s at their new home. Before too long, you’ll have another new adventure to start, and you can trust that your children will be ready and resilient – just like their parents.

Mastering the Web-Based Interview

Posted by Kelli McKinney

online interviewing tipsOh, I love interviewing for a job,” said nobody, ever, “and I especially love interviewing over Skype or other internet-enabled video chat programs. It’s my favorite.”

It’s not that military members are afraid of technology. Quite the opposite – they’ve usually had more exposure to and training with systems and tools than the average civilian. But when the word “interview” enters any conversation, it’s usually followed by a cringe or a shudder.

That’s normal, and like every challenge service members face, preparation is the key for successfully overcoming the pre-Skype or internet interview jitters.

First off, let’s talk about the why. As in, why would the hiring company use online platforms to interview prospective candidates as opposed to scheduling a simple phone call?

Seeing is believing. You know that moment when you’ve paused to consider how you’re going to respond to a question, then you wonder if you’ve taken too long to respond, but since you can’t see the other person’s face over the phone, you can’t really gauge whether you’ve screwed up or not? That moment can still happen when you’re in a video interview, but at least on a video interview you can see the other person’s face. This works both ways – hiring managers want to see you, too, so that they get a feel for your personality, sincerity, and professionalism. These are all qualities you’ve developed in your military career, and they are worth showcasing.

Travel is expensive. Especially if you’re interested in working for a large corporation that’s located in a flyover state, it costs money for either you or the hiring team to bring the two parties together. Early on in the hiring process, it just makes sense for the hiring company to screen candidates from their home base instead of racking up airline, hotel, and rental car costs. You know how much it costs to transport personnel and vehicles, so if you’re open to saving your potential employer money, you’re already worth a second look as a candidate.

Now, about that prep work.

Preparing for the web-based interview is no different than preparing for any other interview, in terms of the kinds of topics covered and questions asked. But just because you’re interviewing from the comfort of your own home, doesn’t mean that etiquette goes by the wayside.

  1. Leave your jammies in the dresser. Sure, it’s tempting to throw a jacket on over your t-shirt. It’s even more tempting to keep your flannel pj pants and fluffy slippers on and point the web cam at your upper half. Remember, this is your future on the line here. Do you really want to gamble with it? Because sure as shootin’, the one time you try to pull this off will be the time you bump the desk with your leg and the camera reveals your little secret. Dress for a web interview as you would for an in-person interview and make a professional impression.
  2. Look at the camera. Have you ever spoken with someone who stared at your nose during the whole conversation? Not only does that make you feel like they’re not really listening to you, it’s just weird. In an interview, maintaining eye contact with your interviewer reassures them that not only are you listening, you’re confident, capable, and somebody worth hiring. But how do you keep eye contact in a web interview? Think of the web cam as the interviewer’s eye, relax, and look directly at it. You can blink, of course, but try not to stare at your notes, look over at your cat, or worse – open a web browser and scroll through your Twitter feed while you’re being interviewed.
  3. Practice with a friend. If you’re not really sure how this is going to work, set up a trial run with a trusted friend or family member. Have them prepare some interview questions, dress up, and do a mock interview over Skype. Tell them to critique your performance, too – are you fidgeting or staring off into space too much? Are you easy to hear, or speaking too fast? Practicing in advance can really boost your confidence because you’re not going through something both stressful and new at the same time.
  4. Clean up your act. Pay attention to what your employer could see – both online and in view of the web cam. Let’s start with your online profile: whether you’re using Skype, Windows Live Messenger, or any of the services, your potential employer will be able to see your account username. Make sure any photos you use are business-friendly and that your username is professional and straightforward. An employer is much more likely to maintain an interest in a candidate with a username that’s their first and last name than they are with someone who calls themselves “istealpuppiesfordrugmoney,” for example. During the interview, make sure you’re in a quiet, well-lit, clean-and-tidy-looking environment, free from distractions like clutter, noisy televisions, loud music, energetic pets or busy children. It’s ok that the interviewer sees you at home, but they don’t need to see you in the middle of life at home. If you have to, hire a babysitter to keep the kids quietly occupied in another room for an hour so you can give the interview your undivided attention.
  5. Don’t lose out on a job because of a technicality. Before the interview, make sure you’ve checked on all power and connectivity sources. You don’t want your brilliant responses to get cut short or delayed because of a slow connection. And you don’t want the embarrassment of having to stop and plug in your a/c adapter in the middle of an interview. Another technical issue worth mentioning is time zone differences. If you’re a San Diego resident interviewing for a New York-based company at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, you better be up bright and early. Make sure you and the interviewer are crystal clear on timing so you can make sure both you and your internet are ready to go.

Technology is a lot of things, but one thing it’s not is unchanging. That’s a great thing, because the more technology continues to develop, the more it helps us connect, live, work – and interview – in ways that save us time and money. Without it, we might miss out on some amazing opportunities. So now’s the time to prepare and take advantage of some of the career opportunities that web-based interviewing can make available for candidates with military backgrounds.

Happy Birthday, Captain Geisel

Posted by Kelli McKinney

Dr Seuss's Private SnafuThis week, kids across America read books and had parades to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time, Theodor Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, who would have turned a young 108 last Saturday. But before he became Dr. Seuss, Theo Geisel fought communism and encouraged troops using the weapon he was best suited for: his pen.

Geisel was an outspoken supporter of US intervention against Germany, and made his opinions known through political cartoons published in a magazine called PM. Wanting to make a more direct contribution to the war effort, Captain Theodor Geisel reported to the Animation Department of the U.S. Military’s First Motion Picture Unit in 1943. 

Under director Frank Capra, he animated training films, produced booklets and created documentaries. Two other later-to-be-famous animators, Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng (you might recognize them from Warner Bros’ Bugs Bunny), worked with Capt. Geisel to create a series called Private Snafu, about an enlisted man whose many screwups offered important lessons to the viewers.  Here’s a sampling of one of Private Snafu’s adventures.

Twenty-six Private Snafu short films were produced by Geisel and team, although a few others were produced by a different studio. They were produced in secret, intended for viewing only by Army service members, and after the war they were pretty much forgotten. 

After the war, Geisel and his wife moved to California, and he penned classics such as “Horton Hears a Who” and “The Cat in the Hat.”

For his contributions as a member of the US Armed Forces, for standing up against oppression and tyranny, and for encouraging literacy and creativity, we offer this humble poem:

 

When the tanks they did roll

They grumbled and growled

O’er a country with people

This man, he cried “foul”

 

He didn’t have brawn

Or muscle or gun

He put pen to paper

Stirring ‘most every one

 

He called on our companies

Our factories, our banks

On men and on women

To build armies and tanks

 

To stand up to Hitler

And do what is right

He helped rally the public

And prepare for the fight

 

When the war ended

Freedom he preserved

By teaching our children

The power of words

 

Happy birthday to you

Our friend Dr. Seuss

We thank you for sharing

Your wonderful voice.

Pattonisms

Posted by Kelli McKinney

General George S PattonGeneral George S. Patton Jr. is widely considered one of the greatest – if not the greatest – American military leaders of all time. His story, and all its intricate nuances, is one that is well familiar to most military members, history buffs, and even war film fanatics.

Patton began his military education at West Point, led cavalry troops against Mexican forces, and was a member of the (then new) Army Tank Corps in WWI. He led the U.S. 7th Army invasion of Sicily and traversed northern France as the head of the 3rd Army during WWII. In 1944, Patton’s forces were an integral part of defeating the German counterattack in the Battle of the Bulge. After the Battle of the Bulge, Patton took his forces across the Rhine River into Germany, freeing the country from the Nazi regime.

After such stalwart demonstrations of courage and fortitude, in December, 1945 General Patton met an unexpected defeat. He died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Germany, which many people believe was actually an assassination.

Although he has been gone nearly seven decades, his colorful, succinct words of wisdom live on and have inspired generations. Here are just a handful of our favorite “Pattonisms”.

By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any man can become great.

Do more than is required of you.

Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.

I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.

If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.

It’s the unconquerable soul of man, not the nature of the weapon he uses, that insures victory.

Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.

Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.

Always do everything you ask of those you command.

My men can eat their belts, but my tanks have got to have gas.


What are some of your favorite “Pattonisms?” If he were here today, what do you think he’d have to say about the state of America’s military? Share your thoughts with us below.

Motivation for 2013

Posted by Kelli McKinney

Motivation for 2013We are now six weeks into the new year. Are you making the most of it?

Everyone has off days, even seemingly tireless military spouses or service members. On those days when there aren’t enough hours to get everything done, the chapters seem too long to read (or write) and the dreams seem too lofty to accomplish, it helps to remember that others have walked the rocky path before you.

I keep a couple of lists of inspirational quotes in strategic places around my house (tacked to the fridge, by the mail, and next to my computer) to help keep me moving during those times when I feel stagnant.

This Friday, I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you…

“When you think you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.” —Thomas Edison

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

“Freedom, privileges, options, must constantly be exercised, even at the risk of inconvenience.” Jack Vance

“The number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.” Tom Hopkins

“You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.”
Seth Godin

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” Stephen Covey

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Aristotle

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” –Albert Schweitzer

“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.” William Arthur Ward

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition; they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” Lyndon Johnson

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe


Now that you’re psyched up and ready to take on the day, what are you going to accomplish? What aren’t you going to accomplish is the better question, right? Ready to get that degree you’ve always wanted, or start that military-to-civilan job search?

What motivates you to keep going when times get tough? Share with us in the comments below.

 

In Preparation for Valentine’s Day: A Cautionary Tale

Posted by Kelli McKinney

military cupidsWhether you are firmly lodged in Camp Romance or you think Valentine’s Day is a trumped-up excuse to sell greeting cards, there’s no getting around that date on the calendar. Like it or not, Valentine’s Day is big business for a lot of people and has been since the first cards were mass produced in the 1840s. Not 1940s, friends, 1840s.*

I still don’t know what I’m getting my love to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Playing the numbers, the odds are that I’ll possibly buy candy (58 million pounds of chocolate are sold in the week leading up to Feb 14) or indulge in a little sparkling wine (174,000 gallons of the stuff are sold during the week of Valentine’s Day).* But I’ve done that before, and it didn’t end well.

There’s a little story I’d like to share with you a story of a Valentine’s Day gone horribly wrong. Once upon a time, there was a young woman who was smitten by a young man. We’ll call him Carl (not his real name). Carl asked her to have dinner with him on Valentine’s Day. She was very excited, as she had recently experienced a bitter breakup of a previous relationship and was ready to move on. Plus, she had developed a substantial crush on Carl after they became study buddies in their Introduction to Introductions class in college (not the real class).

Well, this young woman spent an entire part-time bookstore clerk’s paycheck on chocolate, a tasteful plush bear, and an even more tasteful bottle of wine for said Carl, in hopes of wooing him to return her affection. Carl was very smart, and very handsome, and also had a part-time job.

But Carl did not have any common sense. Because Carl showed up at her doorstep bearing a dead fish in a bag. A whole, dead, fish. As a gift. On Valentine’s Day. Oh yes, he did.

When she looked at him quizzically, taking the stinky bag from his proudly extended arms, he smiled and said “As in, there are others in the sea.” Oh, Carl. You really shouldn’t have. It went downhill from there. You probably already know that that was their first and last date.

In the end, it all worked out fine, because only a year or two later the young lady met her best friend, and fell in love, and he proposed and it has been an adventure ever since. But I digress.

So if you’re ready to aim and fire a love bazooka at your servicemember or military spouse like our pair of cupids up there, I’d like to suggest, right underneath “Dead Fish in a Brown Paper Bag,” a few other gift ideas that you should NEVER give your valentine. I’m just looking out for you.

For example:

A gym membership:

gym membership 

Nothing says “we need to talk” quite like a gym membership. Except maybe this next gift idea…

 

A gift card for Dental Whitening

dental whitening 

But honey, I thought you loved my smile?

 

Really, personal hygiene products of any kind are not big libido boosters. So avoid gift wrapping these:

nose clippers

 

And unless your valentine specifically asks for one, do not get him or her any gift that requires feeding, grooming, walking or litter box training.

dog in box

I’m as much of a sucker for a furry face as anybody, but pets are big time responsibilities, not last-minute gifts.

If you know your love at all, you know what gifts would be off limits and what would be welcome, and odds are good that if you’re not sure, you can ask for ideas. That’s a sign of concern, not of weakness, my friends. Hey, maybe this is the year you can invest in yourself and take a class or two?

However you celebrate – or don’t – here’s wishing you all the happiness your hearts can hold on Valentine’s Day. And unless you’re actually going fishing (which would also be awesome), or you are a cat (which would be weird) I hope no one brings you a dead trout.

 

*sources: history.com, US Census Bureau

Three Signs that It’s Time to Go Back to School

Posted by Kelli McKinney

going back to schoolWhen faced with the things called “life decisions” – you know, those times when you feel like whatever you choose is going to have a big effect on you and everyone you care about – wouldn’t it be great if there was some sort of signal that told you that you were on the right track? A universal “Do this!” signal – or “Don’t Do This!” warning would be such a huge time saver, wouldn’t it?

While this article can’t really help you with all life’s important decisions, it might give you something to think about as you consider going back to school and finishing your degree.

If any of the following scenarios apply to you, it very well could be time to dust off your military education benefits and start finding a degree program that’s right for you.

 

Scenario # 1: You’ve Already Lived a Dream

If you are one of those fortunate people for whom their passion became their work – for example, if you dreamed of being a soldier and joined the Army after high school – you may find yourself ready to set your next goal.

It’s an amazing, beautiful thing to be satisfied with your work. Alternatively, when you hit a plateau and find yourself wondering “is this it?” – Well, that’s the opposite of satisfying and amazing.

One hallmark sign of successful people is that they are continually learning, growing, and setting new goals for themselves. If you find yourself wondering what the next challenge will be, you might be ready to chart yourself a new course. Going back to school is a great place to get ideas and start fresh.

 

Scenario #2: You’re Getting Lots of Interviews, but No Job Offers

Although this could also be considered a sign of a lousy job market, which is a sad reality, it can also be a sign that you need to strengthen your qualifications. No matter how much experience you gained, even in the military, there are some employers who only give serious consideration to candidates with a degree.

There’s no better way to increase your odds in a dicey job market than investing in your education and training. Being the strongest job candidate you can possibly be means finishing that degree – or starting a new one –so that you put your best foot forward.

Military service members, military spouses and their families can benefit even greater from perks like tuition assistance, the GI Bill, and earned credit transfers that will make your tuition dollars work harder.

 

Scenario #3: You’ve Been Passed Over for Promotion

There’s nothing more frustrating than putting in the hours and earning positive performance reviews but still being passed over for a promotion because your education level wasn’t where the boss thinks it should be. This can be aggravating for military spouses as well as transitioned service members.

This is also a huge red flag if you know that reductions in workforce are looming ahead. When layoffs lurk, those without a college degree are more vulnerable to the RIF than degree holders.

Fortunately, with online education programs, you can keep your day job while earning your degree. With unemployment hovering around those double-digits, increasing your odds at job security is worth the extra time it might take to earn that degree.

 

Sure, it would be great if life decisions came with a handy dandy checklist or – better yet – instruction manual and crystal ball, but they don’t. Trust yourself to know what’s best for you and your family, do your homework, and know that investing in yourself is never a waste.

If you are looking for a great place to start your search for a degree program, check out School Finder tool. You can search based on a number of military-friendly attributes through a database of more than 4,000 schools, and find information about degree and certification programs.

GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act Would Level-Set Tuition Rates for Vets

Posted by Kelli McKinney

GI Bill Tuition Fairness ActOur men and women in the U.S. military don’t just serve a select number of states. They protect all citizens, right? Sometimes that duty requires them to move from state to state or overseas, but we all benefit from their work. So if they meet college admission requirements, and they want to further their education, why would we ask them to pay out-of-state tuition and fees?

That’s the thinking behind Chairman Jeff Miller (FL) and Ranking Member Mike Michaud (ME) of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs’ newly- introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 357). H.R.357 would require state-operated schools to give veterans in-state tuition rates even though they may not be residents of the states where the schools are located. This would apply to state schools with GI Bill-eligible programs.

So far, says the House VA Committee’s press release, the legislation has been met with praise by the Student Veterans of America and VFW.

This could go a long way toward making college more affordable for student veterans. What do you think? Is this a welcome piece of legislation? Tell us your opinion in the comments below.

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