Posted on Nov 13, 2017
SSG Infantryman
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I am currently attending excelsior college and although it seems to be a good school I am not sure I would like to go that route. My major is Business Administration with logistics concentration, with all the class that I have taken up to this point it is really killing my moral with every class. I came across Organizational Leadership at brandman university and that degree seems to be filled with soft skill courses. Im not looking be the next VP but I am looking for a degree that can help me out when I get out and it seems that OL with a supply chain emphasis will be able to help with that. I still have hopes to take up a trade when I get out in 2021 but this degree will help me also to become a better leader.
Any thoughts.
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LTC Michael Martin
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I think you may need to look at your statement and read it a few times to get the answer. You are taking classes to learn X because you want a job in Y. Why not first figure out what you want to do when you get out first. Get up on LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, ect and start targeting jobs and companies that excite you. Look at the education requirement for these jobs and the education level and experience of your connections on LI. Right now, where you are, you have the finest global logistical organization in the world. Go and study it. // Pro Tip: Logistics is always changing so everything you learn has an exportation date till the next new shinny technology comes along. Visit with your aviation brothers and hang out with the UAV team. Distribution via UAVs is the next thing in transportation. Artificial Intelligence, the Army is testing driverless vehicles now. There are two emerging logistical items that you could be doing now in the Army. Best of Luck
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SGT(P) Michael H.
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Exactly. We call it Backwards Planning. Start with your objective, as the LTC stated. What is your end goal? WHICH job or type of position are you really wanting to fill? How long will your schooling take to reach that point of your goal? Which degree program truly suits the position you desire? And that is just the tip of the iceberg for now. Good luck. Cheers!
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CPT John Sheridan
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My thoughts having spent many years in the corporate world. Hard skills matter more than all others. People who understand math & science are predominant in leadership roles and high paying and high influence individual contributor roles. Whether it's finance, systems engineering, logistics, or whatever, it's important to to take calculus and and other classes, such as statistical analysis for which calculus is a prerequisite.

So, I recommend the BS degree versus the BA. If the hard skill classes are making it tough, then slow down, take fewer credits and more time. For the other classes, take the ones that work the communications skills. Do a lot of writing. Learn how to formally research a topic.
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SSG (Join to see) I have a Business Degree, and I chose the hardest degree plan that I could. Pick a degree plan that will challenge you, and provide you with the skills for life after the military.
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