For military spouses, getting a job is a challenge; getting a job in the career field that inspires is even tougher. Growing your career in the middle of deployments and frequent moves can seem like an insurmountable task. Fortunately, military spouses are known for their resilience and determination. Even better, more employers are realizing the same thing every day.
Recently, our Military Spouse Employment Partnership welcomed 38 new partners, bringing the total to more than 260. These employers are from Fortune 500s and smaller companies in the private sector, as well as non-profit organizations that hire military spouses, from senior management on down, and offer jobs that fit with military life.
Some jobs are portable while others are virtual. This meets workforce needs, while helping spouses explore careers they can pursue and maintain as they move with the military. Since 2011, they have posted more than 2.2 million jobs to the partnership’s portal, and have hired more than 65,000 spouses.
As part of DOD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, we offer the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) scholarship, which, provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. Program participation is open to spouses of active-duty service members on Title 10 military orders in pay grades of E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2. Spouses must be able to begin and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders. The scholarship helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees needed to gain employment in high-demand, high-growth, portable career fields and occupations.
Career counselors are available for free to all military spouses around the world. They help spouses identify career paths based on their interests and aptitudes. They also provide information about today’s job market; job opportunities; portable skills and careers; entrepreneurships and federal employment options; job-search strategies; resume writing; interviewing; networking and self-marketing skills.
Even if you just need a job to pay for extras, such as the travel soccer team or ballet lessons for the kids, our counselors will help you find the right job to get your feet on the path toward a career once you are ready for one. Getting in touch with one of our career counselors is easy; visit Military OneSource or call 800-342-9647.
Spread the word: Let other military spouses know the Military Spouse Employment Partnership is there for them; new jobs appear regularly. Join the conversation: ‘like’ the MSEP Facebook page, follow Military Spouse Employment Partnership on Twitter (#MSEPjobs) or join the MSEP LinkedIn group. The perfect placement is waiting for you.