Are You Among the 85% of Military Spouses Who Want to Work? [Infographic]

According to an infographic created by Career Step, 85% of military spouses want or need work. There could be any number of things that may be standing in your way of pursuing a career, but if you truly wish to work, this is the article for you.

See Also: Jobs In The U.S. Army You Didn’t Know Existed

Who says that military spouses should have to sacrifice their careers? Granted you have to move around a lot, you may not have the luxury of spending extravagantly on a college degree, and you probably need to stick around to look after the kids. But, there is a way you can have a career despite all these obstacles.

Today, there is a huge pool of jobs and careers that do not require college degrees. The pool of online schools that offer courses for these careers is also growing larger. All you need to do is find a career that you want to pursue, find a school that offers the course and enroll yourself.

WHY CHOOSE AN ONLINE SCHOOL?

Online career schools are extremely affordable

On an average, an 18 month course from Career Step would cost approximately $4000 to $6000. Depending on what you want to study, there are courses that are a lot cheaper and are only 4 months long.


Online schools offer a lot of flexibility

You don’t have to stick to a rigid routine; you can complete your coursework at your own pace and basically attend classes whenever you can fit them into your daily schedule.

Networking

Most schools will set you up with a decent network that will help you when you are job hunting later on. Some schools even set up actual job interviews for their students at the end of the course.

Hands-on Practical Experience

Career schools are called career schools because they actually give their students a lot of hands on training and practical experience. It gives you a real idea of how things will be on the job. Since the courses are short, you can be job ready in no time.

HOW CAN I AFFORD TO PAY FOR MY COURSE?

As a military spouse, you are entitled to a lot of benefits and one of those benefits is MyCAA funding. This funding is given to encourage career training for military spouses. There are many online schools that are MyCAA approved and offer a variety of MyCAA training programs.

  • MyCAA approved schools offer courses that are portable. This means, they are valid all over the US and in most cases, you should be able to find employment wherever you go.
  • The MyCAA program offers up to $4000 in financial aid for military spouse education. This money is paid directly to the school and is only valid if you complete the course. Since most courses cost around $4000, a huge chunk of your tuition (if not all) is covered by this funding.
  • All military spouses are eligible for MyCAA funding provided the course they wish to pursue is MyCAA approved and is being done through a MyCAA approved school.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A STEADY CAREER IN SPITE OF HAVING TO MOVE ALL THE TIME?

I’m going to tell you right off the bat—yes.

The whole point of a MyCAA program is a portable career. Only careers that can be held onto, no matter where you go or how often you move, are MyCAA approved.

Almost all these jobs can be done from home. So there is no hassle of looking for employment every few years. All you have to do is just set up your office at home and use your networks to build a clientele.

Working from home also gives you the added flexibility you will need as a wife and mother where you can easily adjust your work according to your daily schedule.

See Also: Why The Military is The Profession of The Future

So if you are one of those 85% of military wives looking to start a career, don’t let anything stand in your way. Choose a career path and apply for your MyCAA funding today!