In this series of blogs, I have been talking about colleges: why to go, where it’s best for Veterans and, of course, how VA can help you pay for it. In the last blog, I discussed the value of networking with the professor and peer networks you make at college. In this and the next two blogs, we’ll look at more reasons.
THIRD REASON: You learn things you probably wouldn’t anywhere else. As a Veteran, you have already benefited from some of the best training and education available anywhere in the world: the investment our military makes in your readiness. Once you separate from the service, the essence of that training stays with you in your ability to learn new things and respond to changing situations. A college education is similar. Getting a college degree does not necessarily teach you a trade or leadership. It does teach you critical thinking, planning and research skills, as well as working with others. It also shares common procedures, formats and communication styles that are familiar in most career fields. For example, I had always wondered where on earth the format for “Statements of Work” came from. It was not until I actually enrolled in college did I learn it is a pretty standard thing in academia and many professions.
Another thing you learn is how to adjust better to civilian life. School, of course, brings stress and with it, opportunities for personal growth. Fortunately you can build a strong support network around you. On MakeTheConnection.net, you can find helpful information, stories and resources for having a successful college experience.
In the next blog, I’ll discuss a fourth reason for college: The benefits of a degree outweigh the cost.
In the meantime, check out the Education & Training programs you can take advantage of when you Join VA.