life after getting an academic degree?

gatoradedrinker

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this might sound stupid, but do you get a job related to your degree as your service? or is it "normal" active duty, then what you majored in (management or finance etc.)
this feels like an idiot question. i would like to know anyway.
 
It’s not an idiot question. It’s counterintuitive that your job post graduation, would not be in your field of study.

But guess what? That’s exactly the case. Your major doesn’t matter for service assignment (for the great majority of people). It took this mom a while to get that. And it took a good post by @Capt MJ (that I will always remember) to show me that after AD, it’s still doesn’t really matter what your major was. BC you will be hired for your leadership and experience as an Officer. You won’t necessarily be doing the physical job (ie: as an engineer), but rather managing people.

Specific to USNA (my knowledge base), history majors are pilots. Aerospace majors are SWOS and Marines. Etc, etc.

You can search this question, in the search function, as it comes up every now and again.
 
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Adding to @justdoit19: I worked for many years for a Fortune 200 company, alongside numerous former JMOs. Among them: a Navy submariner who went into finance, an Army paratrooper who went into marketing, an Air Force intelligence officer who went into human resources.

Your value as an SA grad and AD veteran will be less about your college major, and more about the fact that you managed dozens (if not hundreds) of troops and thousands (if not millions) of dollars of materiel. In short, it'll be about your leadership -- the ability to achieve organizational goals through others.
 
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Adding to @justdoit19: I worked for many years for a Fortune 200 company, alongside numerous former JMOs. Among them: a Navy submariner who went into finance, an Army paratrooper who went into marketing, an Air Force intelligence officer who went into human resources.

Your value as an SA grad and AD veteran will be less about your college major, and more about the fact that you managed dozens (if not hundreds) of troops and thousands (if not millions) of dollars of materiel. In short, it'll be about your leadership -- the ability to achieve organizational goals through others.
My major at USNA: International Security Affairs (International Political Science)

My Navy Career: Surface Warfare Officer with several billets in state of the art Missile Systems

My primary Civilian Career: Engineer and follow on management positions in the Aerospace Industry.

Retirement Job: Professor in the Humanities (English) Department at a University
 
Appreciate the real-life example of @OldRetSWO career. That breadth and variety is not at all unusual. Like him, I teach at a university, and this I tell my students: Expect to have several different careers in your lifetime. And the further you get from college, the more likely you'll deviate from your college major. Life is funny -- and enriching and exciting -- in that way!
 
I've posted previously, but might bear repeating. A resume with a SA diploma, for me, goes to the top of the pile everytime, regardless of degree.
 
Navy side, usually it doesn’t matter what you major in. They like to have a certain percentage of students (ROTC and USNA) get a STEM degree each year, but the actual major doesn’t really matter for service assignment. I’m a polisci and fly person and had 0 flights hours before starting flight school.

The only thing I can think of right now is Naval Reactors (very small community, different from subs and SWO(N)) likes to choose people with engineering or other hard science degrees.

But I have heard of non-STEM majors going Subs or SWO nuke.
 
I'll share my weird career trajectory in hopes that it'll help inform your analysis.

I think it's great that you're asking questions regarding academic major and relevance to potential warfighting specialties.

Me: USNA, Political Science

Also Me: USMC Logistics Officer (3 years FMF overseas then 1 year Recruiting Duty)

Still Me: Telecomm Operations Manager (3 years, 2 separate Fortune 500 Companies)

Me Now: Fire Department Battalion Chief (22+ years), major metropolitan paid professional fire service
 
I will add this and I know I am the exception not the rule. But I do believe HARD work beats talent all day long. I do not have a degree (never even attempted it) and there is this belief that if you don’t go to college you won’t make it. I enlisted at 17 in the Marines did 6 years active duty as an Avionics tech / Crew-chief on 46s. Served abroad numerous times and got out only to accept a LE position. I am currently the Chief of a large metro PD having beat out on several levels of promotional exams competitors with advanced degrees. Choose what you desire and work your butt off at it. I am in my 26th year now and have been involved in some pretty cool stuff along the way. Don’t go into crazy debt for school and don’t comprise what your end goal is ever.

Full disclosure both my DS USNA 25 and DD state university are doing well so I am not discouraging college, university or academy just saying find your why and chase it like nothing else matters. One other thing, build a good family and that is ALWAYS #1. ALWAYS …..

Many ways to skin a cat get out there and break the mold!
 
I will add this and I know I am the exception not the rule. But I do believe HARD work beats talent all day long. I do not have a degree (never even attempted it) and there is this belief that if you don’t go to college you won’t make it. I enlisted at 17 in the Marines did 6 years active duty as an Avionics tech / Crew-chief on 46s. Served abroad numerous times and got out only to accept a LE position. I am currently the Chief of a large metro PD having beat out on several levels of promotional exams competitors with advanced degrees. Choose what you desire and work your butt off at it. I am in my 26th year now and have been involved in some pretty cool stuff along the way. Don’t go into crazy debt for school and don’t comprise what your end goal is ever.

Full disclosure both my DS USNA 25 and DD state university are doing well so I am not discouraging college, university or academy just saying find your why and chase it like nothing else matters. One other thing, build a good family and that is ALWAYS #1. ALWAYS …..

Many ways to skin a cat get out there and break the mold!
Much respect, Chief. Your rise through the LE ranks has provided an education that can't be learned in a classroom. I can't imagine the stress and responsibility felt by a big city police chief in today's environment. Teaching in public education is a battlefield in its own right but I've got it pretty easy by comparison.
 
Thanks for the kind words DOC and I say DOC with much respect. The Corpsman that due their job well are the linchpin that allows the rest to get out there and get their job done knowing you have their six. And as far as teaching goes that is a job I can say pretty confidently is not meant for the weak. DD is headed down that road and I hope she is successful because I think she will be great at it. Time will tell!
 
unless you are in the Air Force and your major is meteorology. More than likely they will make you a meteorologist
 
I worked with a guy once who had a degree in medicine. They made him diagnose and treat patients.
 
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