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There are many pay systems used to set pay throughout the Federal government. Each is applied to a specific type of employee. The 3 most commonly used pay systems are the: Federal Wage System (FWS) -- which applies to employees who work in trades, crafts, and skilled and unskilled laborer positions, also known as "Blue Collar" jobs. General Schedule (GS) -- the pay system used to set pay for employees who work in positions classifi... more
Your degree choice directly affects your future career opportunities and ultimate success. When making this choice, consider your current career path, future job markets, person timeline and need for flexibility. Here are a few questions you need to answer before you select a degree: Do you want to continue on your current career path? Does your current career match the future job market? Do you want the quickest path to a deg... more
In the military, you learned how to assess risks. You became skilled at identifying risks and assessing their magnitude. Even more importantly you learned to mitigate risks. These skills may have saved your life in Afghanistan and Iraq. Are you aware that these risk assessment skills are critically important in business? Whether in launching a new entrepreneurial venture or introducing a revolutionary product for a major corporation, as... more
What are college admission officers looking for when they read your application? They take into account more than your GPA and test scores. Your character and the personal qualities you can bring to a college are important too. That's why you need to think about your goals, accomplishments and personal values and figure out how you can best express those in your applications. The Qualities Colleges Want "What is it that makes you unique, and... more
You can get in. Really. College admission isn't as competitive as you might think. Fewer than 100 colleges in the U.S. are highly selective, which means they accept less than 25 percent of applicants. Close to 500 four-year colleges accept more than 75 percent of applicants. And open-admission colleges accept all or most high school graduates. You are more than test scores. Colleges care most about the work you've done in high school. They ... more
Earning your degree takes a good deal of time, money, goal setting and most importantly proper planning. This section of the Military Education Center will help you identify the career path, degree program, and school that best fits your goals.