Why you should go back into education after service
Every military veteran returning from service has given tremendously to the country. Nonetheless, it can be difficult to transition to being home.
Perhaps you joined the forces immediately after high school or college, and it can seem like the only career you know is serving in the armed forces.
The truth is that there are endless opportunities, everything from an art and design career to engineering. And one of the best ways to access these opportunities is by going back to school.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider returning to school after service
A Degree Helps Your Pursue a Stable Professional Career
School is one of the best ways to not only give your life direction and purpose but also to provide access to a future stable career and professional life.
In order to succeed, it’s critical to not only put in the hard work but also to have a strong foundation that you can only achieve in school.
Going Back to School is an Opportunity to Learn New Skills
Without a doubt, you employed a wide range of skill sets. Returning to school will allow you to explore and perfect new ones. Exploring new skills and when combined with the skills you developed in service, you’ll have a strong competitive edge in the job market.
You can not only gain more skills from attending classes but also partner up with classmates to create your own projects. Take advantage of the opportunities available in school and off-campus internships to further refine your skills.
Pursue Studies in Your Area of Interest Can Help with Future Job Opportunities
A return to school also offers a reprieve from military life, when it can be difficult to find employment. Instead of looking for jobs, you can use the time to hone the skills you’ll need in your future career.
There are all kinds of specific courses that can strengthen resumes in all industries. Identify your ideal career, and make tangible academic steps to get to where you need to be.
While you’re in school, you can work with instructors and classmates to develop the skills you need for your ideal career. As you develop your strong portfolio and resume, you’ll be improving your chances of working in your desired industry.
Financial Scholarships and Assistance Are Available for Veterans
Another advantage of returning to school as a veteran is that there are many financial opportunities available for funding your studies. From Military Tuition Assistance to Veterans GI Bill® benefits, there are many options available.
How Do I Apply for VA Approved Funding?
- Online – You can apply for your chosen VA benefits program online through the VA Website. This streamlined process will only take around 30 minutes to complete.
- In-Person – You can apply in person through your local VA Office. The Regional VA Office for Nevada is located in Reno at 5460 Reno Corporate Drive, Reno, NV 89511.
- By Mail – If you prefer to apply by mail, Call 1-888-GI Bill®-1 (888-442-4551) to have an application pack mailed to you.
- At Northwest – Northwest is committed to providing every assistance it can to our country’s servicemembers. Call us on (702) 403-1592 to speak to one of our enrollment experts and we will provide you with all the information you’ll need to start your application.
Dr. Thomas Kenny,
Chief Compliance Officer
Disclaimer: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.