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Posted on Oct 21, 2014
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SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL
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I am totally glad I have a Masters Degree, I can command good pay almost what I am making on active duty as a Procurement Analyst in the contracting world. My future job. I am glad I used my time wisely and respectively using the Army TA. It has allowed me to have superior advantages over the masses and independence to Retire believe it or not. The pay and wisdom is a definite pay off. You always got to be redefining your skills and staying sharp for your skill set acquired (degree). It requires a lot of time researching and staying up to par to reach your goals. (Hooooooooooha)!
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SFC Msa
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That is badass SFC Davis congrats! However, I am willing to bet it was more about your career in the Army, your rank, your experience and your discipline and professionalism that would most certainly be noticeable more than your degree. I could be wrong but with so many unemployed with degrees in our country what is it really that sets the working apart from the ones unemployed and underemployed? You are correct though, all Soldiers should take advantage of the free money their enlistment has afforded them and our uncle has offered them. 
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SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL
SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL
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Thanks for looking at it from another angle.
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SFC Msa
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SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL Nothin but respect for you brother! ;)
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LCDR John Sahlin
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Having been on both sides of the interview desk, I would like to offer some thoughts:

1) Having an advanced degree does not guarantee you will find a good job. Nor does it guarantee to an employer that you will be successful. It is merely one of many indicators

2) Having an advanced degree may price you out of some jobs. The fear of being "over-educated" is not unreasonable. If you are unemployed and need any j-o-b to feed yourself and your family, having an advanced degree may scare off potential employers (who fear that you will leave the job they can offer once you get the opportunity you want). When I was unemployed with a Master's Degree, I took it off my resume when applying for jobs that didn't require it. Yes, I was selling myself short, but I needed a job - any job. In fairness, when the right job came along, I did not hesitate to make a move.

3) Anything you can do to improve yourself is worthwhile. This could include paying for a degree but does not have to. MOOCs are widely available to improve your skills.

4) Certifications are also a good option - depending in your chosen industry they may even be more valuable. For some positions, I would much rather hire someone who was working on a Bachelor's degree but had VCP, MSCE, and CCNA certifications than an MBA.

I know that none of this is earth-shattering, but it reflects my own experiences.
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SSG (Join to see) made a comment about furthering your education while still in the military to take advantage of tuition assistance. One thing to keep in mind for those the are separating instead of retiring, is to further you continuum of service by joining a reserve component. Tuition Assistance is available in both the Reserve and Guard and in many cases, a state (if you're in that state's Guard) will pay for your Bachelor or Master degree.
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Great Info Sir thanks for this I can pass this on to some of my friends that are getting out in the next few months.
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SPC David Stephenson
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If I were in the military now I would take advantage of all the educational opportunities that I could handle. As the military is only going to reduce in size its better to be prepared for the civilian side. The civilian side is all about degrees and certifications. Plus you can get fired in a second. It is a much different environment than the military. Very hard to find a mentor, ladder climbers will do any thing to get the promotion and education is often used as a bench marker.
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