DeVry University | Preparing Students for a Career, Part 2 |
Published in the May/June 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Seakun Oh served in the Marine Corps from 2004 to 2008, including a 13-month tour in Iraq, and separated as a sergeant. Now a DeVry student, Oh knows furthering his education is the best path to success. He is currently in the Marine Corps Reserve and was selected for staff sergeant.
“I started college before joining the service and decided to return to school when I left active duty,” Oh said. “I started at another university, but it was very hard for me to study for four or five classes per semester while working at the same time. One day, I attended a career fair in New York City. I met one of the DeVry advisors and found out that DeVry has tri-semesters, or sessions, that allow me to study two or three classes per eight-week session.
“In addition, DeVry allows me to combine online and onsite courses, saving me money and time traveling to school. Finally, DeVry accepted my military transcript and transferred it to more than 40 college credits toward to my degree. This was significant, for as most veterans know, the Post-911 GI Bill only provides benefits for 36 months. I am in my last semester here at DeVry and am completing my bachelor’s degree in Technical Management with a concentration in Project Management. I will have more than a year of benefits left to use towards to my master’s degree at DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.”
Oh thinks the largest hurdle is just getting started. “I believe the biggest challenge is making the initial commitment to start school,” he said. “However, once you are in the right program and studying things that you love, you will find yourself in better place. My degree from DeVry University will help me to promote within the Marine Corps and find a career that is financially and emotionally rewarding.”
The Marine has some thoughts for other servicemembers who are considering going back to school. “My advice is to take advantage of their veterans’ benefits to focus on education,” Oh said. “When I separated from active duty, I was looking for a job for a long time. I found that most companies are looking for candidates with both an education and relevant experience. I had the experience but I didn’t have a college degree, making it very difficult to find the right job. I am currently working at the Department of Justice, an agency that requires a certain education in order for me to be promoted.”