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Soldier for Life: It pays to get more education or training

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Published: October 10, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 10, 2014) -- We live in a competitive society. There are generally more people looking for jobs than there are jobs available.

A major factor that determines success in the job market is higher education or training. As a matter of fact, having at least a high school diploma is now not only necessary to join the Army, but to secure jobs in many companies. Employers want well-trained employees to make products or provide services that are competitive in today’s marketplace.

For a person with little education and training, the number of available jobs are limited, so looking for a job can be frustrating. If an employer has two people who apply for the same job, and the two applicants are equal in every other way, the employer will select the applicant with the most advanced training, even if it is not a job requirement. Employers think that better-educated applicants will have more highly developed learning skills and will do better work.

In addition, those workers with more education will generally be given opportunities for advancement and promotions first.

Why is further education and training so important? Computers and other advanced technology have made many job requirements more demanding and complex. Employers want motivated and trainable employees who have the proven ability to learn and develop, based on the situation.

In recent years, almost one fourth of the adult population obtained degrees beyond high school. As education increases, so does income. In addition to increased earnings, higher education also gives people more freedom in the job market. Generally, when people get promoted, they move up in the same career. With the right training, employees can also move laterally to other career paths as the jobs open. For example, someone in purchasing can move into distribution management or other managerial areas with the right education. 

What does all of this have to do with you? While you are still in the military, take advantage of all the training opportunities that are available to you. The Army offers excellent technical training in many job-related subjects.

In addition, for those who perform well, there are management and leadership training opportunities, such as Primary Leadership Development Course and Command and General Staff College. Army training is recognized for being top quality, especially in highly technical areas.

When you can, take additional college classes. Start working on – or finish up – your degree. Take some computer courses. Most military posts allow colleges to offer courses on post and at times when it is easy to attend. Take advantage of the classes available on computer at the Fort Rucker Education Center’s Learning Center. There are courses that you can use to brush up on neglected skills and courses where you tackle entirely new areas. The courses at the learning center are free to military personnel.

When it’s time to transition, remember to contact the Soldier for Life Center at 255-2558 or 255-2546. It offers the training that will make you successful in the job search process.

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