Military Spouse Education and Career Resources
As a military spouse, you face difficulties that many civilians don’t know about and can’t relate to. Between deployments, PCS moves, and retaining your own identity, your plate is overflowing.
While military spouse life can be hard, your access to continuing education shouldn’t be. And thankfully, it doesn’t have to be! The military offers multiple education and career benefits for military spouses; ones that you should know about so you can take advantage of them. Many military spouses don’t know about the various education benefits they are entitled to, so read our list below to see what you’ve been missing!
Spouse Education and Career Opportunities – SECO
The MySECO site is full of resources specifically for military spouses. It’s a great starting point for exploring your options, and they offer benefits like:
-Free career coaching services
-Virtual Military Spouse Symposiums that include sessions on topics like acing your next interview, finding a job from anywhere in the world, building your dream career, and leveraging your network
-Free LinkedIn Premium when you have a MySECO account
-Interactive tools to build your individual career plan
-A tool to research potential occupations
-A database to help you find scholarship and financial aid opportunities
-Tools to help you build your resume
-MSEP job search
If you’re unaware of your military spouse education benefits, start by making an account on MySECO and exploring the resources they offer. A LinkedIn Premium account is valued at over $300/year, so it’s a great perk!
My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program
After you’ve spent some time on MySECO and know what career and education path you want to pursue, it’s time for you to see if you qualify for the MyCAA scholarship.
This workforce development program provides up to $4,000 in financial assistance to military spouses pursuing a certification, license, or Associate’s Degree in a portable career. A “portable” career simply refers to an in-demand job in a field that is not reliant on staying in one place.
Examples of accepted portable career fields include business, finance, administration, education, health and human services, information technology, and legal.
For more information on frequently asked questions, eligibility, and anything else you might need to know, click this link.
Transferring GI Bill Education Benefits
While the MyCAA scholarship is a great option, the education you are pursuing might cost more than the $4,000 scholarship covers. In addition to applying for other forms of financial aid, you might want to consider having your enlisted spouse’s GI Bill benefits transferred to you.
Your enlisted spouse might be able to transfer their full or partial GI Bill education benefits to you. Depending on your eligibility based on Department of Defense guidelines, this could be a great option for you and your spouse!
Since the GI Bill covers more financial aid than the MyCAA scholarship program, you and your spouse should discuss your joint education and career goals to see if transferring benefits would be the right option for you.
While you’re deciding what would be best for your family, you can always start out with by using your MyCAA benefits. It’s the least the military can do for you!
To find out more about transferring GI Bill benefits, click this link.