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Gunnery Sgt. Mark Collins, an administrative chief for the Assistant Chief of Staff Recruiting office, and a native of Danville, W.Va., speaks to a representative from Georgia-Pacific for information on career opportunities there during the 11th Annual Career and Education Fair at the All Weather Training Facility aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, April 16.

Photo by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez

Opportunities available after Corps

18 Apr 2013 | Sgt. Marcy Sanchez

Life after the military hosts a variety of paths for those leaving behind their service to country. For some it’s re­tirement that calls them to civilian life, others make it a choice and yet others are forced out of the Marine Corps due to service limitations.

To assist with transitioning from mil­itary lifestyle to the civilian workforce, Marine Corps Community Services held the 11th Annual Career and Edu­cation Fair at the All Weather Training Facility aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, April 16.

“The fair is meant for active-duty service members who are getting out in six to 12 months, dependents and veterans,” said Kevin Dugan, Career Resource Assistant with the Transi­tion Readiness Seminar. “Some are seamless, going from active duty to an employer, others go to school first and others don’t do either one.”

The fair offered an abundance of companies and schools the opportu­nity to provide information to patrons. More than 40 companies were present offering information on different occu­pations they had to offer.

“Most people don’t know that the FBI has many departments, they’re not all agents that are on the streets carrying guns,” said Dugan, a native of Little Compton, R.I. “Some of what the employers here are looking for are skills, leadership, work ethics, all the intangibles that go with military ser­vice.”

More than 25 schools were also pres­ent providing a variety of programs for service members and others in atten­dance, from aviation programs to pro­fessional doctoral degrees.

All of the employers and schools here would be a good fit for service members, said Dugan. The schools are military friendly with good Veter­ans’ Affairs departments that help ser­vice members enroll.

For Sgt. John Ripp, the fair provided information that wasn’t previously avail­able to him during his first enlistment.

“I want to make sure I have options,” said Ripp, a drill instructor with Re­cruit Training Regiment. “I want to make a better educated decision than during my first enlistment.”

Ripp, who reenlisted as a landing sup­port specialist while stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., wanted to see what was available at the fair and get informa­tion from both schools and employers present.

“I want to see what my background in the Marine Corps can get me now,” said Ripp, a 28 year-old native of Sack­ets Harbor, N.Y. “I want more options and to leave knowing there is more out there.”