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How do I decide what degree to get?


This is a difficult decision, which can have a long-lasting impact on future employability and is one of the most expensive choices you will ever make.

Proper market research can set you above the competition for your future dream job. On the other hand, a hasty decision can result in you ending up with a dead-end degree and a lot of college debt.

When you are considering starting your college journey, set aside two days and attend the Transition Assistance Program’s education track. The interactive class assists you with the following planning considerations:

  • Defining career goals
  • Identifying education needs
  • Discovering educational opportunities
  • Locating local veteran resources and support
  • Using your Veterans Affairs Department education benefits
  • Gaining tools for academic success

You will have your educational questions answered by an unbiased instructor who will guide through the entire process of deciding and will give you the tools you need to succeed as a new college student.

―Maj. Lori E. Miller, Deputy Director Communication Strategy and Operations, MCIEAST ― Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and New River

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