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Best Careers for Veterans: The Sensational Seven

Planning a civilian career after your tour of duty is over takes courage, focus, and motivation. Luckily you have all three, but there are questions. How will you fit into a workplace where it seems less is at stake and the projects seem less vital? Will potential employers be convinced that the leadership and technical skills you’ve acquired in a military setting can be adapted to the civilian world?

Most importantly, which careers are most suited to the traits you bring to the workplace: namely, mental toughness, discipline, and a powerful drive to learn? This article introduces you to careers that are particularly well suited to your experience as veteran, so please explore.

If you’re curious about how much college credit that experience is worth, start with a DSST practice test.

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The 3 Ways Veterans Can Make Their Résumé Civilian-Ready

Serving in the military can be one of the best résumé builders for a career in the private sector. But once you hang up your fatigues and start drafting your résumé, it’s crucial to know your audience. Civilians, especially those who have never served, will be looking for qualifications, skillsets, and keywords that might surprise you. Below are three big tips to keep you on track.

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Behind the Credits: Humanities

As rewarding as earning a degree is, deciding on which one to pursue can be extremely challenging. To help with that, we’re putting together a spotlight series designed to offer a quick glimpse at specific areas of study. We’re calling it “Behind the Credits,” and this edition focuses on the humanities.

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Behind the Credits: Business

As rewarding as earning a degree is, deciding on which one to pursue can be extremely challenging. To help with that, we’re putting together a spotlight series designed to offer a quick glimpse at specific areas of study. We’re calling it “Behind the Credits,” and our first edition focuses on the world of business.

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The 6 Keys to Transferring College Credits

A 2014 study by David B. Monaghan and Paul Attewell at City University of New York provided some interesting stats on transferring college credits:

-14% of community college transfer students were able to transfer 10% or less of their credits to a four-year college.

-28% were able to transfer between 11% and 90% of their credits.

-58% were able to transfer 90% or more of their credits.

We put together the following six tips to help you fall into the last group, with the hope of being able to transfer 100% of your credits!

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Tips and Tricks for Preparing for a DSST Exam

Sometimes the toughest thing about taking an exam isn’t the exam itself, it’s mentally preparing yourself for it. Yet, most of us tend to spend the bulk of our time and effort prepping for the questions and much less time and effort prepping our minds, our bodies, and our spirits for what we’re about to experience. 

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DSST’S 17 Reasons to Save $17 in 2017

In the spirit of turning a new leaf, DSST is offering a $17 discount on any test through January 31, 2017. If that’s not enough to convince you to earn college credit for the knowledge you already have, perhaps our list of 17 reasons will.

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4 Steps to Dealing with Holiday Distractions

The shopping. The decorating. The parties. The carolers.  Along with the holidays comes a ton of fun and a little chaos. But if you’re a student coming up on the end of your semester, the endless cheer might feel more like one giant, tinsel-covered distraction. For those aiming to have a productive December, we’ve gathered a few tips to help minimize the distractions.

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DSST Spotlight: UMUC

At DSST, our nationally recognized testing program allows students to earn college credit for learning acquired outside the classroom. That’s why we pride ourselves on the relationships we hold with established colleges and universities across the country. It’s about the shared approach of empowering all types of students to reach their academic goals efficiently, effectively, and affordably.

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Focusing After Failing

So you failed a test. Congratulations! In failing, you’ve joined the ranks of nearly everyone else on Planet Earth, including some of the brightest minds out there. There are countless quotes, stories, and books and dedicated to lessons learned and progress made because of failure. How we try, fail, and try again defines each of us. So embrace it, learn from it, and let us help you get it right next time. 

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5 Keys to Learning while Serving

No matter which branch of military you’re in, it’s possible to earn a degree while serving. In fact, there could be serious financial and career benefits for doing so. With careful planning and diligence, advancing your education could go hand in hand with protecting our nation. To help you understand the higher education options for military personnel, we’ve broken it down to five key takeaways. 

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The Only Checklist You Need for Changing Your Major

Whether you’re headed to college at 18 or seeking a degree at 38, landing on a major can be one of life’s toughest choices. Perhaps that’s why at some of the nation’s most well-known universities, more than half of students switch their major. In fact, many schools have replaced the term “undeclared” with “exploratory” to shine a more positive light on the fact that for most of us, trial and error is a completely acceptable way to decide on the right major. Long story short, if you’re contemplating making a switch, you aren’t alone. And we’re here to help with a checklist to consider before taking the leap.

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Financial Aid 101

Sharpen those pencils, charge those laptops, and listen up because it’s time to talk money. If you’re headed to college this year, you might be wondering how in the world you’re going to pay for it. To make the bills bearable, many families take advantage of financial aid. With $150 billion available in student aid annually, it’s a valuable resource for those who know how to capitalize. Below are three key ways to secure financial aid like a pro.

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Learning How to Learn Again: Tips on Returning to School After a Hiatus

From serving in the military to starting a family to following a passion, there are many reasons you might experience an extended break from school. If you’re re-entering the world of academia after a hiatus, it’s normal for the transition to feel nerve-racking. You may be worried you’ve forgotten how to study properly or that you won’t fit in. In reality, you’ve probably attained useful new skills while away from school that will help you inside the classroom, and your professors and peers will admire your persistence. At the end of the day, managing the shift comes down to one big thing: preparation. Properly preparing yourself and your family will start you on the right track for accomplishing your educational goals. 

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Uncommon Uses for 3 Common Degrees

As another school year approaches, you may find yourself wondering how certain degrees are utilized in the real world. The truth is, every degree offers a surprising amount of flexibility. No matter how focused your track is, you probably have more choices than you realize. Once you know what’s out there, you can pursue what interests you. To help with that, we’ve chosen three of our more traditional test topics and explored how unique their career paths can be.

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4 Things Prospective Non-Traditional Students Need To Know

“Each one of us has a unique set of circumstances that led us to become non-traditional, and each story counts as a testimony of strength and endurance.”

– Amanda Condon, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Student, courtesy of

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Summer Reading: 8 Must-Reads Inspired by Our Test Subjects

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

–P.J. O’Rourke

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Taking Your First DSST Exam? Here’s What to Expect

According to research from Student Loan Hero, the average 2016 college graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, a six percent increase from 2015.

One way to save money on tuition is by taking DSST exams to earn college credit using knowledge you’ve acquired outside of a traditional classroom. “It is a great time-saver in that students may be able to enroll in advanced classes, rather than entry classes, and therefore they may graduate sooner,” said Mary E. Maggard, SPHR, Manager of Assessment and Testing, Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

If you’re about to take your first exam to earn college credit, here’s some advice from the experts at DSST. 

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3 Surefire Ways to Help You Get Ahead at Work

Everyone wants to get ahead at work, but what are the best ways to advance? Here are three key recommendations, irrespective of industry, that will help you succeed as a professional. 

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What Role Do Women Play in the Future of STEM?

Science, technology, engineering, and math jobs, commonly referred to as STEM careers, are essential to a high-performing society.Yet, despite the importance of STEM careers, there’s a shortage of people pursuing these careers — especially women.

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The Power of Subject-Specific Studying Part Four: The Problem-Solving Subjects

Succeed in any problem-solving oriented class by following these study techniques from Jay Cross, founder of DIY Degree. 

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5 Quick Tips to Help You Thrive This Semester

Starting off on the right foot is critical to achieving success in a new academic term. We’ve compiled 5 quick tips to help you get started.

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The Power of Subject-Specific Studying, Part Two: Informational Subjects

Category subjects require a different kind of thinking. Many students have crafted their own unique styles for studying. Which way is the best? 

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Critical Thinking: What Is It and Why Is It So Important?

Critical thinking is a decision making process used to solve problems. Even in very stressful situations, critical thinkers can rely on their logical decision making skills to make sound decisions. 

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How to Get Ahead in College: ACE credits, AP Exams and DSST

Taking a demanding course load in high school has many benefits for the student who continually seeks out new challenges. Earning American Council on Education credits (ACE credits) before embarking on your college career will give you several advantages.

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The Power of Subject-Specific Studying, Part 1: Why "One-Size-Fits-All" Study Tips Don't Work

There are lots of conflicting claims about the best way to study. Many students have crafted their own unique systems for studying. Which way is really best? 

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Improve your Writing with These 5 Effective Apps

Your writing skills won’t magically improve overnight. If you want to become a better writer, you’re going to need a little boost. Whether you struggle with clarity or need some assistance editing yourself, there’s an app for that. 

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DSST Cuts the Cost of Community College

America’s College Promise, discussed by President Obama in his State of the Union address, outlines a path for more Americans to afford college.  Tens of thousands of Americans each year already utilize a program that saves them an average of $670 per class by completing nationally accredited DSST examinations that are accepted by more than 1,900 institutions. 

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Short On Credits? Here's How A Degree Audit Will Help You Graduate On Time

Everyday challenges can quickly add up for a college student. With so much going on, students can easily find themselves a few credits short of graduating with not enough time to catch up. That’s where we come in. 

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Organize Your Calendar (and Life!) in 7 Simple Steps

Winter break is coming to a close and this bizarre thing you've had on your hands called “free time” is about to be a thing of the past. Nice, wasn’t it? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to use this time to become more productive, more organized and more efficient? 

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