Personal readiness seminar teaches finance, career lessons

15 Jan 2015 | Cpl. Mark Watola Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

The John A. Lejeune Education Center hosted a new personal readiness seminar for the first time Jan. 7 and 8 to prepare Marines and sailors for the rest of their career in the service and beyond through knowledge about the opportunities available to them.

The weekly seminar is part of Marine for Life, a program mandated by the Department of Defense aimed to connect Marines with opportunities.

“It is designed to give service members the tools and resources they need to prepare them at the start of their career,” said Deon Boyce, personal readiness seminar program manager. “It’s more of an interactive discussion to set up starting service members for future personal and professional success.”

Marines and sailors learn about programs such as the Military Apprenticeship Program, continuing education and other benefits.

“The seminar has an interesting presentation and passionate instructors,” said Lance Cpl. James Jones, a signals intelligence operator analyst with 2nd Radio Battalion and Greenville, North Carolina, native. “I learned in-depth about the programs I am offered for education and career and who I can talk to for assistance. If someone hasn’t taken the class, or doesn’t a have a career plan, come to the class and it will provide a lot of information.”

During the seminar, the participants take tests before and after periods of instruction to gauge just how much they have learned. Not only do Marines and sailors learn about personal and professional development, but they also learn about how to manage their finances.

“As a retired master sergeant, I enjoy the opportunity to continue mentoring Marines,” said Boyce, a Pittsburgh native. “Through the seminar, we show them how they can work to become more competitive for promotion, a viable asset to their unit and overall make them a better person. Maximum participation from Marines will make for a better Marine Corps.”

For more information, call the education center at 451-3091 or 451-9127.