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A Call to End For-Profit Education in the U.S. Military

It’s time to do away with for-profit education (FPE) in the U.S. military. Since 2012 when I initially covered the topic of for-profit providers and the resulting misfortunes on the education of military veterans, it has proven problematic and been mired in controversy. At that time, the Student Veterans Association (SVA) revoked charters at dozens […]

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How do we pay for college?

On July 20th, Sallie Mae released its report on How America Pays for College in 2015. Some key findings include: ∙ While the cost of enrollment is increasing, borrowing to pay for college is more under control. 60% of families did not borrow any money to pay for college and only 16% of students actually […]

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Seeing the MBA Degree More Clearly for Military Students

I just returned from the annual MBA conference, hosted by GMAC, which was attended by nearly 800 MBA schools worldwide. As the main industry event, outcomes of this conference determine future directions and developments for all things MBA. Here’s my take on what to expect with a clear eye toward what it means for all of […]

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Nation’s Top Entrepreneurs Identify Military Leaders As Great Hires

In a recent post titled, Three Key Attributes of Every Great Hire, I read some excellent advice given by Rahim Charania of the Young Entrepreneur Council. YEC represents some of the most well-respected minds in Entrepreneurship today. Mr. Charania recommends that employers focus on the 3 most valuable attributes of great hires, which are: #1 […]

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Build Relationships (Part #2 Blog Series)

Build Relationships

My recent posts have focused on the three competitive advantages military applicants have over their civilian peers. These are: 1) national service; 2) get-it-done leadership; and, 3) teamwork from the ground up. This week, I move into the area of building a professional network. Remember, this series of posts was originally adapted from Reid Hoffman, […]

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The Competitive Advantages of Leadership & Teamwork

This is my second post on the competitive advantages military have over civilian applicants. Last time I wrote about the advantages of national service. This week will focus on two other areas of competitive advantage military leaders enjoy which are: 1) teamwork from the ground up; 2) get-it-done leadership. It’s important to note, the competitive […]

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The Competitive Advantage of National Service

This is the 2nd post in a series of articles based upon an outline I adapted from Reid Hoffman, the CEO of LinkedIn, who has recently been giving more career advice. The first installment in this series was an introduction. The basic outline I am adapting to helping military applicants is as follows: Developing Competitive Advance; Building […]

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Successful Periods of Transition

It’s time to mashup a few more topics to come up with results that are greater than the sum of their individual parts. During the next few blog posts, I will offer suggestions on how to be successful with and effective in handling periods of transition. I will pattern my overall discussion after recent advice given by […]

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Keep the Focus On “Veterans As Applicants”

Early in 2015, we have noticed that a few organizations are trying to shift the conversation on recruitment of veterans toward workforce development and veteran-owned businesses. This is a subtle, yet potentially important shift. There is no hard, substantiated data to prove that all of the talk about these trends is actually taking place, even […]

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How 2% of Veterans Compete for Jobs & Enrollments

Veteran unemployment costs taxpayers $1B/year and more government funds are being spent by the day to solve the problem. This includes a new $1 Billion VA Jobs Program, which even Veteran groups openly question. Transition Assistance Programs (TAP), which were established in 1993 as the first line of support to assist vets, are in transition […]

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2014 Civilian Labor Market for Veteran Employment

2014 Civilian Labor Market for Veteran Employment Part One – Trends & Predictions In February 2014, the national unemployment rate stood at 6.7%. The most optimistic sources in U.S. military placed the veteran unemployment rate near or above the national average. This comes at a time when most of the 1 million veterans over the […]

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Managing Your Reputation

I have written before on the subject of post-MBA employment for military veterans. These discussions include topics such as the value of internships, the movement toward workforce science and adding credentials to your MBA degree. However, when it comes to civilian employment, there is only one subject that defines everything else and that is your […]

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More Thunderbird, Less Phoenix

There is an interesting situation unfolding in the world of graduate schools that reflects upon many trends in MBA education you should know about. The Thunderbird School of Management has a tradition, reputation and connection with military students. It sits on a former Air Force base in Arizona and provides some of the better quality […]

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