How to expand your civilian job opportunities with a masterâ€™s degree
Americans who serve in the military have a unique advantage in today’s job market. The military is known for teaching its members how to manage and supervise people and projects – in the most hostile environments. Few civilians have this same level of experience.
In today’s business world, organizations of all types and sizes are looking for leaders with both real-life experience and the education to manage their workforces and run their operations. If you’re a recent or soon-to-transition service member or veteran, getting a master’s degree could help you take your military experience into the civilian workplace. A master’s degree could make you more marketable when it comes to job placement and career advancement that result in a higher paying job with more benefits.
If you have practical on-the-job experience but lack the college education many companies require, check out this guide to getting a master’s degree. It provides an overview of master’s degrees available, how they match with your military skills, what to look for in selecting a graduate school, and how to finance a graduate degree.
Veterans Day is November 11th
Wednesday, November 11th is Veterans Day. This is the day U.S. veterans are honored for the many sacrifices they’ve made to keep our country safe and free. USBA salutes all those who serve and have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.
Did you know Veterans Day was formerly called Armistice Day and originally commemorated the end of World War I on November 11, 1918? Later in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day, honoring all those who had served in all American wars.
In 1968, a law was passed changing the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. However, it soon became apparent November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. So in 1978, Congress returned the observance of Veterans Day to its original date.
Veterans Day is always officially observed on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. The Veterans Day National Ceremony, like most ceremonies around the nation, is held on Veterans Day itself.
How can you honor those you know who are veterans as well as their families who have also made a sacrifice in service to our country? Visit the USBA eCard Gallery to send them the new 2015 Veterans Day eCard when it becomes available Tuesday, November 10th. Or you can send any of the other Veterans Day designs from past years. All USBA eCards are free so please send as many as you like. Our mission is to honor as many of the over 20 million U.S. veterans as possible. No veteran should ever be forgotten.
Transitioning? Donâ€™t forget life insurance
When you know you’ll be leaving the military—even if your departure is a year or more away—take advantage of the military transition programs offered by your branch. You’ll gain knowledge and practical tools you’ll need to move back into civilian life.
With all the changes you face as you transition from military service, don’t forget to update your life insurance. It’s as important to have life insurance protecting your family when you’re out of the service as when you were on active duty.
As you know, the military offers a maximum of $400,000 in Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) to active duty military personnel. Spouses are eligible for a maximum of $100,000. But SGLI ends 120 days after you leave the service.
If you’ve had SGLI, Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) is a government option after you leave the service. However, VGLI rates are generally most attractive only to tobacco users and those with an injury or chronic illness.*
If you’re in good health, you should start shopping for an affordable life insurance policy such as those USBA offers as soon as you make the decision to leave the military. Even if it’s a year or two out. The younger you are when you apply, the lower your rates will be. Plus, it’s part of your transition planning and civilian budgeting process. Keep in mind that when you own your own policy rather than having coverage through your employer, it’s portable. You can take it with you wherever you work. And if there’s a period when you’re unemployed, your family still has protection as long as premiums are paid.
How much do you need? Get help here estimating how much life insurance you and your family need. Then check out USBA’s affordable life insurance plans. You’ll find preferred and non-smoker rates are available to help keep costs down. Spouse coverage is also available.
*SGLI and VGLI info source: http://www.benefits.va.gov/insurance/vgli.asp