What Does Career Entry After Military Service Look Like?
I'm currently looking at getting a Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineer before commissioning as an Air Force officer. If I were to get out after ~4-10 years, would I find myself at any major disadvantage for when looking for a job? Or would it be better to go for a full 20 years?
Hi Henry - a lot depends on the career field you are pursuing, and whether the experience and education you have acquired in your military career help you along that path. Some skills directly translate (discipline, mission, leadership) to any career field. My suggestion is to determine what general field you are interested in once you leave the military, and work with your recruiter to try to find a role within the military that helps prepare you for that field. Also take advantage of education opportunities available to you (like Community College of the Air force) to help prepare you for your civilian job search.
Mark recommends the following next steps:
- Check out a book "What Color is Your Parachute" - it helps give you good practical job search tips and also outlines career field trends