Step 1: Explore Education and Career Paths

It is important to identify your ultimate career goal before you do anything else. Setting this career goal helps determine the best and most direct path to that goal. For example, some careers require a specific degree while others are better achieved through an apprenticeship or earning a license or certification.

The following resources help you plot a career and education path and assess your readiness for college and continuing education.

Resources for Choosing a Career and Education Path

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The path you choose is shaped by many different aspects of your life: your military career, your personality, your likes and dislikes, and your lifestyle. The following online assessment tools can help you plan your path toward achieving a degree, license or certification, or completing an apprenticeship. It is worth the time to visit each of these resources at least once to see what they have to offer. You can also use the Education Planning Stages to visually see the larger picture.

Research with People/Experts in Your Chosen Field

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Once you have narrowed down, as much as possible, what career/profession you want to pursue, speak with successful individuals active in that field. Who would know the industry better than successful people that you aspire to be like?

You can learn more about the education and training for the career field by using the links below. You can also use the Career Interest job aid to track this information.

Learn about different Degree Programs and Career Fields

Resources for Evaluating Your Academic Readiness

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Just as serving in the military is an intensive process that tests your abilities in all aspects of your life, pursuing voluntary education can test you too. Are you ready? The following assessments can help you evaluate your readiness for the challenges to come and help you identify deficits you need to work on as you pursue your goals. Visit each of these resources to see what they have to offer.

If you have reviewed all of the information above and you have a clear objective in mind, you are ready to take the next step and speak to a Navy College Education Counselor. Read more about what happens during this step of the process in the next section.

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Receive Counseling from a Navy College Education Counselor