It’s time for veterans to go back to bootcamp.
But we’re not talking about military bootcamp. We’re talking about coding bootcamps that can help veterans gain the skills they need to start satisfying, high-earning careers in the tech industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 63% of unemployed veterans fall in the 18-54 age group – prime working years when a stable, satisfying job can make a huge difference towards enjoying a better quality of life. This shows that transitioning from military service to the civilian lifestyle can be difficult.
Civilian lifestyle is much different than what veterans tend to be accustomed to, and although job opportunities are out there, not all veterans find themselves properly equipped. However, technology presents veterans an opportunity to build a career in a rapidly-booming industry by learning to code.
If you’re a veteran, you likely have personal qualities that help you stand apart from other job applicants. When you serve in the armed forces, you have to be disciplined, focused, and willing to get the job done— no matter what it takes. Over the past several years, countless tech companies have made it their mission to hire more veterans. Through the Joining Forces program, a national initiative implemented in 2011, more than 1.2 million jobs were filled by former members of the military and their spouses. Companies such as Amazon, Sprint, Boeing, Tesla, and Hewlett-Packard hired thousands of workers as a result of this program.
Does this sound familiar? You joined the military in your teens. Maybe you served in Iraq or Afghanistan, or maybe you were stateside the entire time. Regardless, after 6-10 years of being a soldier, your family needed you. So you separated from the military. You learned a lot and gained a great deal of experience. But now you’re not sure how, or even if, it translates to a civilian job.
Your first thought is to use your GI Bill benefits and finish your education. You check out online classes and traditional college, but your family can’t wait for two to four years for you to get a great-paying job. Or, maybe college just isn’t right for you.
If that’s familiar, you may not know where to go next. Don’t worry though, to find the right path all you have to do is ask yourself the right three questions. These are the same three questions every veteran should ask before making a decision on how to use your GI Bill benefits:Read More