Hello, I'm looking for some advice on re-entering the civilian side of the trade. I retired from the Navy in late 2010 as a Hull Maintenance Technician with weld ceritifications in plate, high pressure pipe, and nuclear propulsion piping and components, and brazing (whew) and have been going to college since January 2011.
My original plan was to go for an engineering degree, but recently I'm starting to think that college isn't for me and I'm now wondering what i can/should do to make myself marketable. I currently do not have any civilian certifications, and understand my military one's won't carry over. I have been considering going back to a welding school or class for some refresher training because there are some things the Navy doesn't really do. I have kept all my orignal navy cert paperwork just so i can prove that I've been to their schools and had the certs.
At this point I'm looking for some ideas for next steps to take. I wouldn't want to roll into a job interview and then be faced with something I'm seriously out of practice with or haven't seen in 20 years such as a 6010/7018 open root bend test, etc. Thank You.