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Transition Talk

by Mike Arsenault - Director of Candidate Services

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Bradley-Morris answers questions from transitioning military job seekers.

Q: I’m thinking about going back to school, but I’m interested in pursuing a two-year degree. Do you have any suggestions on good job opportunities that require only an associate degree? How can I ID civilian careers for veterans?

A: Yes. I’d suggest referencing the information available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), which you can find online at This is a great place to browse and research different industries and careers when you’re not quite sure what you’re interested in doing after you transition.

One example is in the Healthcare field. EMTs and Paramedics are expected to be in high demand from now until 2020 as well as Vascular Technologists and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians. A number of professionals in these sought-after fields have an associate degree.

Also, the Transportation and Moving industry offers several job occupations that do not require a bachelor’s degree, for example, air traffic controller, dispatcher and freight supervisor.

Q: How important is it for me to know programs like PowerPoint, Excel or Photoshop?

A: While it obviously depends on your area of interest, it is becoming increasingly important to have some sort of familiarity with these systems. Chances are you will end up using them in your professional or personal life.

If you are looking to take a class on one of these programs, I would start with your local community college. Most regularly offer continuing education classes in these areas and may even offer a discount for military. Some may find it’s easier to learn from an on-site trainer than an online course, but either is a good resource.

Mike Arsenault is Director of Candidate Services at Military Recruiter Bradley-Morris, Inc. He can be reached at (800) 330-4950 ext. 2105 or by email at marsenault (at)

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