Edmonds Military Wire: Why getting a job after transition will take work
I’ll admit, the title is brilliant (if I may so humbly say so), and my creative thinking is finally kicking in after three cups of coffee. Getting a job takes work – no way around it, you have to work to work. And in today’s market, you really need to work in order to…well, work. What I have just shared is very ground-breaking, I know. Thank Starbucks.
Many moons ago when I knew everything because I had traveled the world with the Navy and completed my degree in under four years, I was rather confident every company in the world would be banging down my door to hire me. After all, who doesn’t want a veteran with worldly experience and an English degree from a top-ranked university?
Apparently I wasn’t so unique in the eyes of hiring managers and I quickly realized I didn’t know everything as I was schlepping TVs in my red Circuit City shirt. (Obviously, I didn’t sell enough TVs because those guys are out of business.)
Not much has changed in 19 years – except I’m not schlepping TVs, college grads can send their resume to a million employers with one click of a button (I actually had to drive or snail mail my resume around), and the job market is actually even more competitive today. So, I guess a lot has changed, but that’s beside the point.
My point is, 19 years ago, I had to work to find work. Today, one still has to work to work. Whether you are transitioning out of the military, graduating from college, or a job-seeker, you face an uphill climb that requires work.
Those between the ages of 21-24 face an unemployment rate greater than 8 percent, and 53 percent of our 2012 graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. So very motivating, I know.
So why bother even getting a degree or an advanced degree? Because at least you’ll have a fighting chance. Whether you choose a traditional community college, four-year institution or online degree, you’ll at least be smarter, better networked, and have proof that you can follow through on your commitment.
A great resource that features online MBA programs provided by major universities is OnlineMBA.com. They have an impressive collection of resources, and a series of insightful, business-focused videos that have been featured by respected news outlets like Huffington Post, Forbes and Businessweek. And now of course, The Military Wire.
Bottom line: if you would have rather watched a video on why getting a job today will be harder, check out OnlineMBA.com; finally, if you actually want to improve your situation, still visit OnlineMBA.com – the videos are short, to the point and very good. (And no, I wasn’t paid for this.)
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.