During your time in the military, you gain invaluable hands-on skills that you can then apply to a career that you’re passionate about. In addition, the training you receive can help you transition back to civilian life.
Choosing an institution that is military friendly, such as North American Trade Schools, will create a smoother transition for you and your family. Our priority is to offer a foundation for you to achieve the success you deserve and help lead to the career path you have always dreamed of.
1. Prepare for a Transition
Transitioning from military life to civilian life is an exciting yet complex time. At North American Trade Schools, we recognize the time it may take for you to become adjusted. We’ll accommodate you however we can.
You’re familiar with the armed services being a place of consistent discipline, and you’ll find that your studies and classes will require that discipline as well. With a responsibility to choose a trade, schedule classes, attend classes, and prepare for testing, you have the power to ease yourself into a regimented schedule to help you succeed.
2. Embrace Your Transferable Skills
The extensive range of skills from the military service will translate well into your success. In fact, employers often like to hire veterans because they have an applicable combination of real-world experience in leadership, diversity, teamwork, and adaptability.
These skills will easily transfer into many of our programs. Some of our programs that military veterans may have an interest in include:
- Building Construction – A hands-on and tangible program that will allow you to specialize in a number of areas. Daily tasks range from scaffolding, pouring concrete, and learning vital aspects of common building materials. This program allows you to dive into a core industry and field that requires dexterity, strength, and endurance.
- Commercial Truck Driving – Trucking is a major part of our nation’s economy with a variety of jobs available throughout the U.S. Applying physical and mental strength you’ve honed from your service will ultimately help you succeed at the required exam from the Department of Transportation to receive a CDL license.
- Industrial Maintenance – If you enjoy a challenge and a different task every day, then a career in industrial maintenance could be for you. This multidisciplinary career requires knowledge of the following:
- Plumbing and piping
- Forklift operation
- Basic welding
- Electrical work
Implementing the skills you gained from your time in the service by applying them to these programs or others will help you as you advance toward your career goals.
3. Seek Out Fellow Veterans
Transitioning into civilian life can be difficult, especially when it comes to finding people who understand how life was like in the service. Going to a veteran friendly school like ours will expand your network of fellow military veterans who find your experience relatable.
North American Trade Schools is an approved institution for the education and training of veterans under the following programs:
- Veterans Education Post 911, Chapter 33
- Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 30
- Selected Reserve Education Benefit, Chapter 1606
- Vocational Rehabilitation, Chapter 31
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), Chapter 32
In addition, with our school being in close proximity to several military bases, many veterans that attend our school call Baltimore home, giving you an even larger military network for support.
4. Commit to Lifelong Learning
Your time at our trade school is only the beginning of your learning and exploring. We want to be here to help you discover the career paths that you are interested in and inspire you to commit to lifelong learning and training.
With a competitive job market, having a dynamic set of skills and certifications will keep you stay one step ahead of fellow candidates. Always keep in mind these key tips:
- Learn everything you can about your field
- Never be afraid to ask questions
- Apply what you are learning to real life situations
- Create connections whenever possible
Maintaining an evolving mindset will broaden your network of people and interests which is important to enjoying a lifelong career.
5. Utilize Your Resources
Here at North American Trade Schools, we pride ourselves on pushing you to be your very best. This includes providing resources to assist you in securing your future.
Our job training and placement assistance program is provided by professionals who have years of experience in their field and can provide key insights. Through our career services program, you are able to build connections with future employers who are the perfect fit for you.
The program will teach you important skills including:
- Resume writing
- Cover letter tips
In addition, we want you to thrive without having to worry about finances. Lack of financial resources should not hinder you from working toward the career of your dreams. Therefore, we offer a variety of options to help you earn the education you want in affordable terms.
For those who qualify, we can facilitate funding through:
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants
- Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans (FSL)
- Alternative Loan Program (Tuition Financing)
- Federal PLUS Loans (PLUS)
- Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans (UFSL)
6. Consider a Trade School Over a College
The debate of attending a traditional four-year college vs. a trade school is one that often comes up when looking to pursue higher education to acquire skills for your career. With your unique situation of coming out of the military service, we hope you consider these reasons to choose a trade school to continue your education.
- Fewer classes – Four-year colleges require you to take various general education classes that may not contribute to your field of study. Our trade school on the other hand only requires classes that are directly related to your field of study.
- Lower cost – Since you will be taking fewer classes, and ones that only pertain to your specialty, you will ultimately save money. More classes and more years in school obviously contribute to higher tuition costs. However, choosing our trade school allows you to save money and time while preparing for the job market.
- Attaining real-world skills – Instead of simply sitting in a classroom or listening to lectures, you will be provided with hands-on training that qualifies you for many entry-level jobs quickly after completing your program.
Start Your Career With Us Today!
We appreciate you dedicating your time to serve in the military and help our country. Your next steps forward in pursuing an education that you deserve is an exciting time, and we want to help.
Please reach out to our team so we can start working to build the future with you!