Facts About Job Corps And Military Enlistment For Job Training
Individuals who have a long work history, in one field or position, may not have the skills needed to change careers without going back to college. College graduates are also having a difficult time finding their first job due to the competitiveness of the job market. High school graduates, with little or no experience are low on the totem pole when competing for jobs, other than low paying jobs for only a few hours a week in a fast food establishment, and other low skill or no skill positions. So what is the alternative for high school graduates and young adults who may not be able to afford to pay for college?
One of the best ways for those without any marketable job skills, or a bachelors degree, is to join Job Corps. Job Corp will accept those within the ages of 16 -24. If you have dropped out of high school, the program will assist you in obtaining a high school diploma or G.E.D. There are over 100 training programs which will also provide hands-on experience.
There are over 124 locations in the U.S. including Puerto Rico. The areas for training include fields such as nursing and other health fields, HVAC, electrician, agricultural programs, and many, many more. The training programs are for realistic and professional positions. The same programs are not offered at every location, which may require the Job Corp participant to live at the training center. Other's who have a training program locally, may be able to commute back and forth, just as they would do if they were attending college. Housing and food is provided to the participants at no cost. The training is also free.
Not everybody qualifies for Job Corps. It is primarily for drop-outs, low income graduates who do not have marketable job skills, and young parents. The process begins by contacting Job Corp at their toll free phone number (800) 733-5627. You will speak to an operator who should provide you with basic information and refer you to an admissions counselor that is at the nearest location to where you currently reside. You will also receive an information packet in the mail. There may be assistance for those who also want to pursue a college degree.
Another alternative is the military. However, joining the military is not as simple as many think. There are multiple steps which you must go through.
The first step is to speak to a recruiter. The recruiter will obtain a lot of personal information about you, and possibly ask you to take a preliminary test. The preliminary test is to be completed at your own pace. The purpose of the test is for the recruiter to gauge how well you will do on the actual entrance exam.
The second step is after you have passed your entrance exam. You must be able to pass the physical. You also will be required to report any health problems that you have had in the past, or those which are current. There are medical conditions such as scoliosis, asthma, heart conditions, eye and ear problems among others that will disqualify you.
Once you have passed your test and your physical, the recruiter will inform you of how long the background check will take, and assist you with the final paperwork. Once everything is completed, you will have a date and location to report to for basic training. While preparing to leave for basic training, your recruiter will assist you with any questions or other issues you may have.
One final note about considering joining the military, a background check is done. This means that your criminal history which includes arrests as well as convictions as a juvenile and adult will be discovered. Any past criminal history, convicted or not may keep you from joining any branch of the military including other options such as the National Guard.
Another thing to consider is to be honest about your medical and any arrest or criminal history (juvenile or adult). If you manage to slip through, and enter basic, do not believe that you are home free. Once officially enlisted, if it is discovered that you have lied, or omitted information so that you could enlist, you will receive a “Dishonorable Discharge.” A dishonorable discharge will follow you throughout the rest of your life, when it comes to seeking employment, or even entering college, or possible applying for credit to purchase a home, or vehicle.