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August 4, 2020

Preparing for Life after the Military with an MBA


The transition from military life to civilian life is not always easy but for some, it is made more manageable by the skills they have acquired while serving their country. However, for others, the career path they want to pursue needs qualifications and experience the military will not have given them.

Military personnel will have learned how to be organized, how to be part of a team, as well as how to work on their own. These are just a tiny sample of the skills they will have been taught, but just these three things could make them an ideal candidate for management or for running their own business.

Learning More

An NEC Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership could be a perfect way forward for anyone leaving the military. Veterans are used to rapidly changing situations and this degree addresses strategic opportunities that can present themselves with change. Problem-solving and capitalizing on new ventures are just a part of the course work. Students also learn about managerial accounting, strategic marketing, organizational leadership skills, relationship selling strategies, and project management, among other things.

A military background can make veterans perfect students for this degree course. It will give them better opportunities in the civilian world of work and help them to carve rewarding and fulfilling career paths.

Keeping Busy

One thing all ex-military personnel are used to is being busy and to suddenly find themselves with nothing to do can be a problem after a few weeks rest. The beauty of this course is that it is online which allows them to take a job and study when it suits them. They can be at work in the day and do the course work in the evenings or weekends, to suit themselves. This is just one of the advantages of online courses; there are others. Students can work at their own pace. They can work from the comfort of their own without having commuting concerns, and the courses are usually cheaper.

Getting Started

Because of the lifestyle they have led in the military, veterans can be impatient to get things moving, and this can be a problem for them if they leave the military early in the year and think they cannot start their degree course or other training until the start of the next study year. Online courses tend to have several start dates each year, so there is never long to wait to start gaining the qualifications they are after.

Greater Job Opportunity

A Master of Business Administration degree opens a huge number of different career paths and gives the ex-military person a greater choice of what they do. It means that if they decide to move onto another area of business, it will be simpler than if they have a more specialized degree. The business world is forever changing, partly because of technology and partly because of unforeseen things such as the Covid-19 pandemic. The degree will equip them to cope with it all.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect those of EconMatters.

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