Re: What is your occupation?
First off, thank you for your service.
I got out of the AF 5 years ago and enrolled at Boise State University. They have a Construction Management program for a Bachelors of Science. While I hated school, I loved that program. The processors in "CM" were some of the best professors on campus. It was a tight knit group of students and faculty. All of the professors knew each students name by the end of the first class they had together. The professors REALLY care about the students knowledge and about getting every single one of them a job before or upon graduation.
One of my better professors helped me get an internship with one of Idaho's largest General Contractors three years ago and I have been working with them ever since. I just graduated in December and am working on the tallest structure in Idaho. It's a pretty cool career.
If you like problem solving and teamwork with a group of hard working individuals, this is the career for you. The pay is really good, but that may be because the hours are long. We work hard, and we play hard. The transition from AF to the Construction Management career was pretty smooth. We have chains of command, utilize very similar communication tools and protocol, and we work hard every day to achieve visible results. If you are willing to travel every few months or years (depending on size of project), you can REALLY make a lot of money. There are a lot of different areas of construction that you could get into. I do primarily commercial construction (Buildings), there's Heavy Civil (Dam's, Mines, Roads), Industrial (Power Plants, Treatments Plants, Manufacturing). I love it. I don't know where you are from, but Idaho is a wonderful place to spend 4 or 5 years while going to school and the Boise State VA chapter is a really good one. If you want to ask me more questions, don't hesitate to PM me.