William Alexander Faulconer is transforming from mortarman to business man. The Army infantry veteran is poised in May 2018 to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Citadel* in Charleston, S.C.
“Most infantrymen don’t think their skills translate well into civilian jobs, but business is probably the best-suited venture for an infantryman,” he says. “It relies on heavy management skills, and if you were an 11C like me, a lot of math!”
Faulconer, 30, loves the versatility of a business degree. His goal is to become a consultant in finance or business, and he has his sights set on a dual law/MBA graduate program in Charleston.
Faulconer figured what he wanted to do, then determined what education he needed to get there. Coming up with a solid plan is critical to post-military success. This generation of service members has access to excellent education benefits, and using them to their advantage can mean the difference between a dead-end civilian job and a career they love.
Every year we publish the Hot Degrees for Veterans list to help with this process. The list includes credentials like certifications and licenses for those whose career goals don’t require a four-year or advanced degree, or whose career might be enhanced by other credentials. The list is organized into four categories: bachelor’s degrees, advanced degrees, professional credentials and certificates. Each category includes 10 degrees, certificates or licenses with a description of the program from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Finding your passion is the first step. Determining what education or training you need to get there is the next critical step. Use the 2018 Hot Degrees for Veterans to help chart your course.
How We Determine the Hot Degrees for Veterans
Each year we ask the Military Friendly® Employers to identify the top 10 jobs they are recruiting veterans for. That data is used to compile the annual Top 25 Hot Jobs for Veterans list (If you missed this year’s list, visit GIJobs.com.)
Then we ask the Military Friendly® Employers to identify the top degrees and other credentials they look for when recruiting veterans for their top jobs. We use that data to compile the Hot Degrees for Veterans. Military Friendly® ratings are determined through the evaluation of public data and proprietary data gathered through the annual data-driven Military Friendly® survey process. Scoring is fully automated. For details, visit militaryfriendly.com/methodology.