By Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
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.
This past Wednesday, 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 who 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 the 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 necessary to gain employment in high-demand, high-growth, portable career fields and occupations.
Career counselors are available at no cost to all military spouses around the world. They help you identify career paths based on your 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 the 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 towards 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 that 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.
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