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Can veterans get tech jobs without tech experience?

The cyber guys were the luckiest during the military transition. Everyone in my on-base career exploration class agreed. We could all see how cyber guys and nuclear power people were the ones who left the classroom to take calls from recruiters.

It’s not too late for a technical job

I could almost see the thoughts hanging in the air. Was it too late for them to train in careers in cyber and IT, user experience and software engineering? Wouldn’t these veterans have been lucky if they didn’t already have a college degree in computer science? What if they spent their entire career in the infantry or trained as aircraft mechanics or served in the Navy band?

They were really good questions. And NCOs and NCOs weren’t the only ones interested in the answer. Many mid-level military personnel were also curious about these jobs.

Of course they were. When the Computing Technology Industry Association reports that there are 3.9 million job openings in tech occupations in the United States and that the median salary for tech occupations is nearly twice the national median salary, these military in transition were naturally interested. The military tend to be smart that way.

How do you get a tech job without a tech background?

When it comes to tech jobs, however, the issue was more how to access those jobs, given current circumstances. Money is tight after military separation, especially if you have a family. Learning how to find a good job in the civilian world is a challenge for everyone, even civilians. Changing career fields adds another layer of complexity. Was it too much?

One thing I found was that military transitions and spouses in my classes were like me. We could recognize technical job titles if we saw them online, but we didn’t know what these people did every day or if we would be good at it. Nothing like working really hard to get certifications and then finding out there was no way for you to get a job.

You live in a technology-hungry age.

Luckily, we all live in a time when there are plenty of military service organizations and military seeking companies that want to help veterans and their spouses get these kinds of jobs. It is possible for you to train for a technical job at the end of your military career, even if you have not had a technology-focused military occupational specialty (MOS), qualification, or Air Force specialty code. (AFSC).

That’s why we’ve put together our FREE Transition Master Class: Tech Jobs Without Tech Training on Thursday, February 24 at 4:00 PM EST. In just 60 minutes, you will learn:

  • What kind of veterans and spouses do well in tech? Are you one of them?
  • What are entry-level tech jobs called and what do they pay?
  • What can you do with management training and technology certifications?
  • How can service members and their spouses get tech certifications for free?
  • What’s the surprising skill you need that predicts how well you’ll do in a tech job?

In an age when all jobs are tech jobs and no company can manufacture, deliver, or market their product effectively without technology, take an hour to learn a little more about how you can get a tech job using your military perks is a great idea. Register now, and even if you can’t attend the class, we’ll send you a link to registration and resources.

For more tips on how to make a successful military transition, enroll in one of our FREE military transition masterclasses today. You can view previous courses in our video library. Questions for Jacey? Visit our Facebook page.

Jacey Eckhart is Military.comMaster transition coach. She is a Certified Professional Career Coach and Military Sociologist who helps military members get their first civilian job by providing Master classes through our Veterans Employment Project and on his site SeniorMilitaryTransition.com. Contact her at Jacey.Eckhart@Monster.com.

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