Veteran moms leave the military with more qualifications than they realize. The service instills leadership, logistical, and problem-solving skills. According to Forbes Magazine, these skills make them qualified for well-paying jobs. The only thing is that they don’t have the papers to prove it.
For this reason, veteran moms should consider going back to college, so they can build the skill sets they already have. Yes, going back to school is a big decision for any mother, but a veteran’s military discipline and time-management skills make the journey easier. So, here are four-degree choices mommy veterans should check out.
1. Finance or Business Degree
The business world is competitive, fast-paced, and full of complex problems that need to be solved fast – and so is the military. Without knowing it, the years you spent in the service prepared you for life in the corporate world. So, take advantage of the leadership and managerial skills you already have and enroll in a business or finance degree.
Since the business field is broad, you have many degrees to choose from. These include accounting, business administration, and finance. After completing one of these degrees, expect to work as a business executive. You could also work as a financial analyst or advisor. With a master’s degree, you get better pay and move up the corporate ladder faster.
2. Engineering Degree
Engineering is one of the fastest growing industrial sectors. In fact, the US Department of Education, predicts that the sector will grow by 62 per cent in the next five years. This is good news if you worked as a combat engineer or mechanic. But if you don’t have a background in engineering, don’t despair.
Head back to school and study one of the many engineering courses available today. By the time you finish the program, the sector will still be growing, so getting a job will be easy. But as you go ahead and enroll in an engineering class, remember that the courses will be demanding. Becoming a civil, mechanical or electronic engineer is not easy. So, be ready to put some work in.
3. Military History Degree
Pursuing an on-campus or online certified military history degree builds on what you know about the military and human conflict. It delves into how warfare helped shape human culture and civilization. With this knowledge, you can better understand foreign policy. You can also conduct research for the government or private agencies. Finally, you can teach military history at a university.
4. Criminal Justice Degree
Like many veterans, you may want to serve your community by going into law enforcement at a local or federal level. This is especially true if you worked in military police or military intelligence. If you desire to work in local law-enforcement, a two-year program in criminal justice is a necessary first step.
To work at a federal level, you need a bachelor’s degree. There are courses like criminology, law, sociology, and psychology among others. So, choose your major depending on where you want to be in the criminal justice system.
Veteran moms who wish to go back to college have many degree options to choose from, including a master of arts in military history. So make sure that you explore all the options at your disposal and choose one that fits your personality and attributes the best.
Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received a form of compensation for the publication of this article. All thoughts and opinions are my own.