Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by Dougl, Jan 29, 2018.
Need your advice on what job I can get after army if I still young.
Anything. I am a product development analyst. I have a friend who is a priest. Another guy works as a civil engineer at Populus (they build baseball stadiums and arenas). I have a friend in Congress. A guy who used to work for me is a detective on a Colorado City Police force. Another guy that worked for me is a screenwriter and producer in Los Angeles. Others work in finance and banking in and around New York City. I think you get my point is there are diverse opportunities available after your time in the service is done.
Dougl, what job would you like to do after your time in the Army? The only limiting factor would be you.
Well it would help to know what your freaking rank and MOS is. 11B? Good luck finding work in anything outside of security or blue collar employment.
^^You are in the AF, correct?
That is not my experience during my 26 years in the Army.
26 years in the Army, you do whatever you want. You earned it.
Could you enlighten us on would be wrong with Blue Collar Employment?
A lot will depend on what you do in the military whether a job would match the skills you gained while serving. Depends also on whether you enlist right out of high school or attend college and ROTC and are commissioned. If you enlisted you would have the opportunity to attend college or trade school with the GI Bill, something anyone would say is a good idea. Officers may be able to seek jobs in management or , God forbid, a Blue Collar Trade. A lot will also depend on you and how you market yourself and your work ethic. It's no secret that unemployment is higher among enlisted veterans, you need to have a plan and look at all your options before you leave the service, just don't get trapped in the thinking that there will be a job waiting for you, you need to seek them out.
Life After The Academy?
Do you mean following your five year commitment after graduating from West Point, after retiring as a commissioned officer, retiring as an NCO, or after serving an initial enlistment? Big differences.
Tex, I have a friend of mine that was 11B. He's now the Director of Maintenance and Engineering at a manufacturing company. Started out as a Maintenance Supervisor. Wonder how that happened?
Agree with others you can get any job. All depends on your interests and skills. Don't be afraid that you will stay unemployed for lifetime after army. From my own experience can say that the fact you was an officer will be an advantage sometimes. I found some data for you so that you won't feel hopeless or something about finding a job: https://www.aol.com/2011/10/13/20-best-jobs-if-youre-leaving-the-military/ https://www.essaytigers.com/blog/after-army-career-opportunities https://www.military.com/veteran-jo...n/hot-jobs-for-former-military-personnel.html
Yes, I am
Thank you! You cheered me up a lot
Are you currently a soldier?
Nothing’s wrong with it. In fact it’s honorable work. All I’m saying is if he is in fact an infantryman, he may have a hard time finding an office job if he doesn’t have any related degrees or skills.
My Son in law was not an 11B but was a 68W (combat medic) assigned to an infantry platoon. He is now pursuing a career in the health sciences using the G.I. Bill to fund it. He could just as easily pursued a finance degree or anything else with his benefits.
I met a guy yesterday who was an Army medic. He went on to get a degree in some health related field and is now pretty high up in the county EMS organization.
Yes, I just want to plan my future preempetively to not regret about leaving career in army.
We were Soldiers Once and Young and all made our own life decisions. Make yours without advice from an internet site.
You can do anything you want. Look into state and federal jobs. Understand timing is everything with goverment jobs. The (USAjobs) jobs are posted for certain future dates for intervierws then future dates of placement. My son started applying about six months from his end date with the Army. He got contacted by 4 different Homeland Law Enforcement departments over the course of the first three months for interviews. The job he accepted wanted him before his six months was up. Then he contacted the other 3 agencies to stop the progress on his application with them. He also contacted the NJ Guard which accepted him. The Guard allowed him to leave the Army a little earlier than his end date. But he had to commit 4 years with the Guard. He loves his new job. The Guard has also been enjoyable. He commands a company in the Guard whose battle streamers include Monmouth, Yorktown, Antietnam, Gettysburg, Meuse-Argonne and Normandy.
When he graduated college he had 3 days from graduation to report to Benning. This time he only had one day from the Army to start his new job. He then left for six months of training with the agency.
The grass may seem greener but be careful, timing is very difficult. If you have a wife and kids in tow it can be very stressful with the application process. Accepting employment at some agencies may mean you will live and work where they decide much later on. You really must think hard on this decision.
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