Career Exploration - The Essentials

Military OneSource provides practical guidance to military spouses exploring new careers – offering strategies on seeking federal employment, telecommuting work and other portable careers. You’ll also find comprehensive education career support through the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program and other resources. Check out useful tips and tools that will help you research and define your career path.

Start exploring a career with these steps:

Do your homework.

The Department of Defense and the military service branches offer a full range of career exploration programs that can be accessed online, by phone or in person. The Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program offers military spouses comprehensive education and career support, including counselors who can help you identify skills, interests and aptitudes.

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Develop a portable career.

Military spouses are on the move and therefore require portable careers. Military OneSource offers tips on developing skills that transfer across various positions and occupations like management, technology and communication. Learn how to secure the right training, licenses, degrees and certifications that will help make you marketable for a variety of portable careers.

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Consider federal service employment.

As a military spouse, federal civil service employment may be more accessible than you think. Understanding the benefits and rules of the federal civil service hiring system can help you decide if federal employment is right for you and which jobs to pursue. Consult USAJOBS.gov to explore federal opportunities:

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Volunteer

Volunteering can be a perfect step into the working world. It allows you to learn new skills and build on existing ones, obtain valuable experience in difference fields, network with potential employers or references, and get access to formal training and attend conferences.

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