As the end of college admission season approaches, applicants anxiously await emails and letters revealing the results. Alongside nervous high school seniors, many veterans also wait for decisions. Unfortunately, our experience helping hundreds of veterans shows that all too often they are not setting their goals high enough and unfortunately not even taking the chance at applying to some of our nation’s best undergraduate institutions. Our organization, Service to School, exists to bridge the military-academic divide. We work with many of the nation’s top education institutions to boost enlisted to undergraduate enrollment.
According to Forbes Magazine, “most veterans are more qualified than they realize for well-paying jobs.” They usually have the practical experience in leading people, managing complex problems, and navigating large logistical operations. However, many times they don’t have the degree behind their work experience. G.I. Jobs asked 184 military-friendly employers --- meaning they actively recruit and retain veteran employees --- what their top careers are for vets. Engineering, nursing, business administrator and financial services professional are among the top jobs. Most of these jobs, however, require at least a four-year degree.