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May as well use TA for something

Postby SardonicYuda » Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:16 pm

I figure taking an online course for a couple of years for a degree in a field I can actually use to better myself first, make money second, would be a decent enough idea if someone else is picking up the tab.

My main ideas for what to study center around what's needed, with or without modern society. What I come up with is beans, bullets, bandaids and bourbon. I don't really expect to fid a job based off of my degree if I ever get it, as being single I don't need to earn that much. My main interests lie in actual labor as opposed to doing paperwork all the goddam time and tending to mouth-breathing infantile plebs.

Slight rant aside, knowledge that could be useful wherever I go relate to food, medicine, mechanics, electronics and manufacturing.

My MOS at the moment is radio technician, so I troubleshoot, change batteries, make/splice cables, install shit into vics or wherever officers and SNCOs want then and fight with the supply system(to include bribing clerks). The worst itself isnt that terrible and oddly enough I actual enjoy productive days, as rare as those are. Hwevrr I'm not entirely sure he that will transfer over to the civilian side and I don't want to limit myself. Even if I do end up doing this same shit when I'm out I want to know I'll be able to jump ship when needed and be able to support myself wherever I go.

I'm leaning towards any science that has to do with food since someone has gotta know how to grow it, raise the animals, process it/cook it and make the booze, so at present a degree of some sort in agriculture may not be a terrible idea or some related field. If anyone has any ideas on what to study it would be appreciated, as I'd like to have as many bases covered as I can when I get out
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Re: May as well use TA for something

Postby Pointerman » Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:47 pm

I was a Radioman in the USCG, then got transitioned to Telecommunication Specialist. Easy to get a job in networking once I got out and have been doing it since I got out in 1998. Background in electronics also helps with any type of security systems, PLC's etc. I've done all of those since I got out in the past 17 years.
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Re: May as well use TA for something

Postby SardonicYuda » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:01 pm

Pointerman wrote:I was a Radioman in the USCG, then got transitioned to Telecommunication Specialist. Easy to get a job in networking once I got out and have been doing it since I got out in 1998. Background in electronics also helps with any type of security systems, PLC's etc. I've done all of those since I got out in the past 17 years.

It makes sense, being the guy trained in some aspect of communicstion. Fuck my dad's new wife just watches cameras all day and she's paid plenty, how much training do you need for that? I might have done reservations about working for .gov after my service, but I gotta look out for myself and if I don't take that job, someone else would so why not me? Besides I get overtime in the civilian world and 12 hour days are normal for me.

Hell pretty much any company will wanna snatched up comm guys now that I think about it. Colleges aren't really churning them out much and the military always needs them and so they make em whenever a kidwalks into the recruiter's office. Can certainly find a job, long or short term, just putting this shit on my resume.

Appreciate the perspective, Pointerman
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Re: May as well use TA for something

Postby Senzo » Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:12 pm

While you're still in, see if you can get a position or duty station that requires a higher level clearance. When you're on your way out, you can start applying for clearance jobs that'll happily hire you at an entry level position in comms, IT, etc. over otherwise qualified candidates who would cost them several thousand dollars more to hire than you.

My other suggestion is to work on getting as many civilian certifications for your job expertise as you can while you're still in. It gets more challenging to do the same once you've left the service.
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