Consider your personality when choosing career, or training, paths. If you have good grades, that is fantastic, but you should also consider your particular personality, as well as your ability to pay for college. In other words, the military, in general, is a great option to get school paid for, as well as gain valuable experience. Experience will make your future much brighter, since it is even considered as college, at many work places. In the case of Navy Nuclear Power, you also need to consider whether you work well under pressure, or not. If you do, then this career path becomes even more valuable. This particular field gives you a lot of college credits and very valuable technological as well as life experience.
That said, I also believe strongly that if you don't have great grades, but wish to get college funded, as well as critical experience, there are many military schools for electronics and other technology that are a great fit. Now a good technology field does not always guarantee you will not get shot at by any means. I had close friends in the Navy who got shot at on a regular basis just going to work. Can't say where, or when, but it was fairly well known that this was one of the job hazards at this particular station.
If you do not work well under pressure, then you should maybe consider a different path than the military. Any workplace that will help fund college is a good start. Many fields of work, such as nursing, will pay for a large part of your education and telling them in the interview process that you are working, or will be working, on a degree, is always a good indication that you are somebody who wants to better yourself and have goals.
Also, try to force yourself to think about the long term situation. Where will you work with this degree, or after the Navy, when you get out, or retire? Research to see who hires in HotJobs, Careerbuilder or your local jobs listing website for the degree or job you will begin. Nuclear Power specifically looked like a better long term possible payout a few decades ago, but the production of new plants stalled. Maybe it will spark up again, but it is unsure at best right now.
Remember though, that people from the Nuke Field, with such vast experience, are resilient and intelligent. Many of those I knew in the Navy went on to work in high tech fields not necessarily related go Nuclear Power and are very successful in these parallel endeavors. So, the ability to succeed in that demanding field, seems to indicate the ability to succeed in many other fields.
A little research goes a LONG way. Many times though people who work in highly demanding careers end up working in completely unrelated jobs that have little or nothing to do with the degree they earned. This might indicate that the more demanding the field of study and experience, the better you are long term, no matter what the choice is.
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