Resources for Your Career and Education Search

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This month we will be focusing on the amazing resources available to you, the new and the experienced military spouse, to help you jumpstart your career, and perhaps your education too.

Start at the beginning, figuring out your career.  All too often this is the step that is skipped, and it is the most important step.  These are some FREE career counselors available to you:

  • Your installation’s Employment Readiness Program (check your family center - Airmen and Family Readiness Center, Army Community Service, Coast Guard Work Life, Fleet and Family Support Center or Marine Corps Readiness Center)

  • Spouse Education and Career Opportunities has certified career counselors.  They can guide you through the career exploration process.  The site has a number of self-assessments. All this is free and funded by the Department of Defense.

  • College career centers often have career counselors available to help you determine your career focus.

  • Your local American Job Center has assessments and counselors trained to help connect you to the local resources that might be available to you.

Once you have a career focus, determine what is the right education or experience you should seek.  Talk to those in the field. Locate a reputable, accredited program. The question is how to fund it.

  • MyCAA is a program that provides up to $4,000 for you to further your education in a portable career field.  It is run through Spouse Education and Career Opportunities and is available for spouses of E1-5, O1-2 or WO1-2 service members.  

  • There are many organizations that offer scholarships specifically to military spouses to include the National Military Family Association, Pat Tillman Scholar Program, the various service relief agencies, and so many more.

  • If you need a certification there are programs for that too.  One of the better-known programs is Syracuse University’s Onward to Opportunity program. There are many programs out there who were only open to veterans that have now been opened to military spouses.

  • The local American Job Center may have specific programs based on the local employment needs. Be sure to let them know you are a military spouse as many centers open up programs to military spouses, because of the employment challenges.

  • Local spouse clubs, veterans associations, and professional organizations also offer scholarships.  Be sure to contact your local high school counselor’s office, as many have a mailing list that includes local and national scholarships.

As you start to work on your career and education, you will find that many of these organizations have further support to offer from writing resumes to helping with the job search.  s a military spouse there are many resources available to you, but you will have to do some research to find out what is available.

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