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Learn More About MyCAA Military Spouse Education Funding

Here’s a short video that introduces MyCAA scholarships for military spouses, which can provide up to $4,000 to cover a license, certificate, or associate’s degree.

Eligibility requirements: “Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserve component in these same pay grades.” (Source: MyCAA Factsheet)

Find eligible programs and apply for financial assistance at the official MyCAA website.

V-WISE: Entrepreneurship Program for MilSpouses & Female Vets

V-WISE LogoInterested in starting your own business? The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University offers a program in entrepreneurship for military spouses and female veterans called V-WISE, Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

*In order to be eligible as a MilSpouse, you must be the spouse/partner of a Veteran Business Owner.

The program consists of 3 phases:

  1. 15-day online course
  2. 3-day conference — one is coming up in August in Seattle, with another scheduled for November in Denver
  3. Receipt of comprehensive small business resources

It costs $75 to register. To learn more visit the V-WISE website.

White House Announces New Hiring Committments for MilSpouses

joiningforcesFirst Lady Michelle Obama announced on April 30, 2013 that as part of the Joining Forces hiring initiative, American companies have committed to hiring or training 435,000 Veterans and Military Spouses.

This is great news for MilSpouses, of course and will hopefully make it a little bit easier for some to build a career in the private sector. Some of the companies who have committed to hiring more military spouses include:

  • BNSF Railroad
  • UPS
  • Home Depot
  • McDonalds
  • USAA

Portable Career Spotlight: Fitness Instructor

Looking for a career that you can take with you throughout that many moves Uncle Sam will send you and your family on? One possibility: group fitness instructor or personal trainer.

There’s a great post over at MoneySavingMom, Earn While You Burn: 5 Benefits of Being an Exercise Instructor, that lists some of the pros and some tips for getting started.

You’ll need to get certified, but if you’re eligible for a MyCAA Scholarship, you can get your certification paid for.

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MilNetwork.com Launch – Job Matching & Prizes

www.milnetwork.com - Social Network for Military Community

Connect with veterans and military spouses at www.milnetwork.com, a new, free social network for the military community.

Today the MilNetwork is offering job matching. From MilNework:

Today, we will match jobs based on your posts, and all you have to do is login, tell us what you are looking for, and where, and we will send out links to jobs that match. We also are doing a daily $50 Visa gift card giveaway, and a monthly iPad giveaway. . . No annoying ads, or apps like Facebook, just open and honest discussions amongst those who have served, and those who support them. We hope to see you online today.”

MilSpouse eMentor Program

MilSpouse eMentor Leadership Program

The MilSpouse eMentor Program is a dynamic online community where proteges can receive personalized career guidance, advice, support and inspiration. . .

Register for the MilSpouse eMentor Leadership program and connect with other military spouses, career mentors, and milspouse-friendly employers. Registration is free.

FedsHireVets.gov is for Military Spouses Too

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Trying to crack the code when it comes to landing a federal job? It can be confusing — different hiring authorities, different types of preferences, even different preferred resume formats when applying.

The FedsHireVets.gov website, while primarily aimed at helping veterans, also provides information useful for military spouses seeking careers in federal service.

One of the great resources I found on the site is a Calendar of Events, which lists information sessions on the Federal employment process given at military posts across the country. These sessions are open to military spouses and teach you “about working for the federal government; salary and benefits, finding and applying for employment, veterans preference, special hiring authorities, and tips on building an effective resume.” The next event listed is at JBSA Randolph Air Force Base, TX on February 28.

The site also covers hiring preferences, for which some military spouses qualify. To learn more about the Priority Placement Program for MilSpouses — which can really help you get your foot in the federal career path door — check out my posts:

Your Career: Military Spouse Preference Part 1

Your Career: Military Spouse Preference Part 2