This post is sponsored by Martinsburg College. I received compensation for this post through my relationship with the Quality Blue Community. All opinions are my own.
Finding a job or starting a career isn’t always easy for military spouses. Not only do our careers have to be portable and flexible, but our education has to be as well.
After bouncing around to different schools because of all the moving, I’ve personally chosen the entrepreneur route and I now work with a company that uses network marketing as their vehicle. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what career path or job would work best for you, don’t worry! There are organizations in place to help you figure it out.
The best organizations to checkout are the Military Spouse Employment Program (MSEP) and any support programs you have on your local base. Each branch calls it something different (Employment Readiness for Army, Family Member Employment Assistance for Marine Corps, Spouse Employment Assistance for Coast Guard, etc.), but your base Family Center will be able to direct you to the right place.
When applying for a job, make sure to highlight the strengths and skills you’ve learned from being a military spouse, such as your flexibility, resiliency, budgeting skills, and organization skills. I bet you didn’t even realize that professional skills are just another part of your daily routine as a military spouse!
Another way to give your resume an extra boost is by getting a professional certificate. MyCAA is an education program that provides grants for military spouses (which means you can get a certification or even an associate’s degree for FREE!). Not sure where to get your certificate? I can help you with that!
Martinsburg college is an accredited school that provides a variety of online certificate programs for MyCAA recipients. Over 95% of the students that respond to their surveys express satisfaction with their experience and when students don’t complete a program it’s rarely because they’re not satisfied. There are usually big life changes that interfere (such as health issues or children), and Martinsburg has an exceptionally generous refund policy for people who don’t complete it.
Another thing I love about this school is that some programs even provide students with digital access to one or more textbooks in their areas of study. Why can’t all schools be like this?! These resources are expensive and they would cost students anywhere from $100 to more than $300 per program if they had to purchase them. The college also provides an entire resource library of thousands of textbooks which are available online at no cost to students.
If you ask me, I think the coolest part of Martinsburg is the access to support that the students have. The instructors are available Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM – 11 PM, Fridays 9 AM – 6 PM, and Saturdays 11 AM – 6 PM. A lot of colleges offer only a few hours of availability per week (if that), and I love that this school offers so much support. On top of that, if a student requires one-on-one tutoring, the college even provides that through direct telephone or digital tutoring sessions!
Martinsburg has been working with the military community since 2004 and they understand the needs of service members and their families. They recognize the need for flexibility when the demands of service interfere and they work with students for as long as it takes in order to achieve success.
No matter what your career development goals, make sure you join the Facebook group “Military Spouses in the Field: Career Development.” It was created so that military spouses would have a place to share resources that helped them accomplish their career goals despite the obstacles the military life brings, and it’s always nice to have a community supporting your dreams and helping you along the way!