5 mistakes service members make when going back to school
Choosing to serve in the military was an easy decision. Deciding what you want to do with your life can feel a little more daunting. Selecting a university and a program that’s right for you feels downright overwhelming.
You know you can always go back to your hometown and get an entry level job in your mom’s / dad’s business; or, you might really want to pick a school that actually has a chance at winning some sort of bowl game and sells their fan gear on Amazon. Not to completely rule those out, as some of them have amazing programs, but shouldn’t you put some thought into finding a right-fit school for you?
Truth is, choosing a right fit school and program for you is one of the most important decisions you’ll make and shouldn’t be taken lightly. In fact, it’s so important that Columbia University launched the Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) to have a direct and lasting impact on the issue of veteran transition and upward mobility by creating and providing access to the best-in-class tools and programming veterans need as they transition from active duty service to college and the workforce. This includes easily accessible online content to walk you through these critical decisions.
Without it, you might fall into the trap of 5 epic fails service members and veterans often make when determining whether or not to pursue higher education:
1. Jumping in too fast
Knowing that your time in the military is coming to a close can add a tremendous amount of pressure to find a job, and quickly, or to use your benefits, and quickly. Taking the time to look at your long-term plan won’t set you back; it will only set you up for success.
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