Many civilian jobs have certain professional and technical standards. Obtaining credentials – certifications and licenses – shows that you meet these standards. For example, a welder can show his welding certifications to an employer to document that he has specific skills and knowledge. In the civilian world, credentials may be required for a job, or can make you much more likely to be hired for a job.
For a Sailor, civilian credentials are important for two reasons:
The Navy has made them part of its workforce professionalization, so getting certified can help you in your Navy career while you're still in service.
I want to further my career while on Active Duty.
When you transition back to civilian employment, credentials help you translate your military training and experience into something civilian employers can easily recognize. That can help you get hired, get a better job, or be promoted sooner!
I am transitioning soon! What steps should I take?