“There’s likely a place in paradise for people who tried hard, but what really matters is succeeding. If that requires you to change, that’s your mission.”
– General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army Retired
So how do we change? How do we prepare ourselves for what is going to be a rough few years — and beyond that, a new economy that is likely going to mean more remote work and more tech?
Education. Online education, since the in-person version is pretty much shut down and many of us have other duties - military, familial, or just the plain old paycheck - to attend to.
That could mean pursuing a college degree. Even traditional schools are pushing online learning with the pandemic raging, though there are a lot of online-first schools that have years of practice delivering the knowledge (and diploma) you need, wherever you are stationed.
Or, perhaps you are already on a career path but need to fine-tune skills or round off your skillset: upskilling is Silicon Valley-ism for just that – adding new skills that enhance your current career path or help you find new opportunities. You can learn a lot on the job, but often, the path to true career advancement is to use some of your spare time going above and beyond by taking an online class or pursuing a certification.
Of course, with your budget stretched while trying to survive this pandemic and economic shutdown, you’re probably thinking, “Great. Now how do I pay for it?”
Your G.I. Bill, of course. While historically, the G.I. Bill has placed major limits on online education and reimbursement, given the state of the world in 2020, the regulations have been loosened through the end of the year to allow more of our service members to pursue their education and upskilling online.
Below we have a curated list of our most important and most popular articles regarding online learning to get you mission ready for the world to come.