If you recently transitioned from the military into the civilian world and are looking for a career, you may be interested in the job programs and career tips offered in this article.
Troops To Teachers
Established in 1994, the primary purpose of the Troops to Teachers (TTT) program is to recruit quality teachers to teach in schools that have moderate to high populations of students from low-income families. This program helps students by filling a significant shortage of teachers in math, science and special education. The program gives you a chance to use your mentoring skills to help underprivileged children – many who do not have a role model at home to help them learn life skills.
Depending on the availability of funds, you may qualify for a $5,000 stipend, to help with training costs, or a $10,000 bonus, based on your chosen location. Veterans receiving either the stipend or bonus have to commit to teaching for three years in a targeted school. If you are interested and want to know if you qualify for the program, check out the TTT requirements or contact a DANTES office.
Helmets to Hardhats
Started in 2003, the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) mission has beent to help veterans with job trade skills connect with employers looking for those skills. Though the program is Web-based like many other job search engines, H2H employs several Regional Directors that serve as your advocate for helping match job openings to your trade skills.
While H2H is not an actual training program, it does offer apprenticeships in addition to offering jobs to already skilled tradesmen. Their posted jobs not only cover construction-type work; they also offer construction-related jobs in administration, engineering and management. If interested, start the job application process by visiting their Home Page.
Top Career Fields for Veterans
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three of the top career industries having the most potential for employment opportunities, salary and wage growth between now and 2018 are in:
- health care
In healthcare, the top jobs are registered nurses, radiation therapists and medical assistants. If you are more inclined towards the technology field, then look for jobs as a network systems analyst, computer software engineer or database administrator. For work in the consulting field, look at jobs as a personal financial adviser, substance abuse counselor or a social services counselor. You can also read about five other great employment career fields to consider by reading previous blogs.
MBAs for Veterans
If you interested in the business career field, consider using your Post 9/11 GI Bill to get a business degree and continue on to a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Many colleges now offer MBA programs online, in addition to on-campus programs.
While there are thousands of MBA graduates looking for jobs, what sets you apart from the crowd is your previous leadership training and experience. Civilian MBA graduates have the business education and training, but lack the leadership experience. According to a recent survey, veterans with MBAs earn an average annual salary of $109,720, up 6.8% from an earlier survey.
If you have recently transitioned out of the military, or soon will, use these programs and career tips to help ease the stress of transitioning into the civilian workplace. Not only will you find a job quicker, it will help you earn what you are worth.
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