Veterans who are considering pursuing a degree course need to ensure that they choose the right degree so that they do not waste their GI Bill education benefits. As a veteran, will you pursue a degree that reflects the job you performed while on active duty or will you be looking into pursuing a completely new pathway?
What to Consider Before Choosing a Degree Pathway
Before you settle for your chosen pathway, consider your current career path, future job markets that you can tap into, and how your chosen pathway will benefit to you once you graduate. Ask yourself whether you are content in your current career path and if you want to continue in your field of expertise.
Some further questions worth consideration include the following: Will you be looking for a degree that offers you flexibility, with many options to choose from after graduation? How far are you willing to go in your pursuit of a degree: Bachelor’s, Master’s or beyond?
Narrowing Down Your Choices
Once you have determined which direction you are going to take, you will need to consider the area of study you will pursue. Degrees fall under various areas of study such as Engineering, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, Education and more.
Speak to a guidance counsellor if you are unsure of which pathway to choose. If you have a list of career goals in mind, this can be of considerable help when you speak to the guidance counsellor, who can then help to match your skills and interest level to the right degree for you. A guidance counsellor can also give you a career skills and interest assessment. Based on the results, you can focus your attention on areas of study that will suit you and lead you in the right direction. Speak to your local education office at the military installation or contact the VA for counselling and employment advice.
Choosing the right degree as a veteran is not always easy. Before you settle for a degree pathway, consider your current career path, future job markets and how your degree will benefit you once you graduate. Next, narrow down your choices. Speak to a guidance counsellor or contact the VA for assistance. The VA can also advise you on your GI Bill benefits and how your GI Bill benefits can help you in your chosen degree pathway.
Step 2: Select the Right Degree