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Transitioning – Going back to school versus pursuing a new career

29 Mar
Transitioning – Going back to school versus pursuing a new career

Transitioning – Going back to school versus pursuing a new career
Hello,

I am an active duty service member serving in San Diego, California. I am an IT (information systems and transmission systems technician) for the Navy. I am currently in the process of deciding whether or not to transition out or join the Reservists. I am at the end of my sea duty tour, and up for orders. I’ve spent four years on sea duty, and I am ready to return to college to earn my degree. I’ve managed to get a couple of college credits under my belt, but I am considering that it may be smarter to stay in for my shore duty station in order to complete my Bachelors in Science using Tuition Assistance, however, it has been very difficult for me to balance going to school as well as working full time active duty on sea duty. I am eager to return to civilian life, but I am trying to make the most sound decision.

My main concern right now is my education and being financially stable enough to transition. If I get out now, I want to use my 9/11 to attend Arizona State University to pursue my BS in Earth Sciences or Biological Sciences. I am considering moving to Arizona after I separate and beginning the process of working toward that goal. Starting over is rather scary at this point in my life, because I haven’t been in the civilian world since I was 24 years old. I am concerned about the financial blows I may encounter upon transitioning. I know moving to an entirely knew state, in which I have no family support system, will be challenging.

I’ve worked as an IT for the Navy for four years, and many people tell me that it is a good job, because it translates into the civilian sector very well. I know this to be true, but it is not the career field I wish to pursue. I want to go back to school for my science degree, but I feel uncertain about what my next move should be. Any advice would be appreciated.

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