Education, Training and Licensing - The Essentials

Going back to school as a military spouse is an investment in yourself, your career and your family’s future. Military OneSource provides useful tips as you take your first steps toward your educational goals or reinvigorating your career. You’ll find practical information, so you can put your best foot forward and prepare for your quest – whether it’s identifying your career goals or taking the final steps to obtain them.

Advance your educational goals with these steps:

Do a self-assessment.

Ask yourself these questions before filling out college applications: What are my career goals? What are my personal goals? What new opportunities can more schooling provide? What’s the job market like in my field? Is this the best time to go back to school?

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Choose a program.

Your career path will determine the type of education program you pursue. Certificate programs focus on specific skills. Associate degrees are two-year degrees focusing on entry-level specialization within a field. Four-year colleges or universities award a bachelor's degree in the arts or sciences after completing about 40 classes. Degrees beyond the bachelor's degree can include master's, professional and doctoral degrees.

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Research licensing and certification.

If you’re about to move, find out which occupations and states require a license or certification. Consult the Career OneStop Licensed Occupations page that describes the profession, provides the name and address of the licensing agency and lists the types of licenses required. Occupations requiring licensing or certification include health care, education, real estate, child care and food services.

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Explore financial aid.

Paying for school can mean a mix of financial resources, from federal grants to military spouse scholarships. Whether you're going to school for the first time or going back for an advanced degree, financial aid options can give you the freedom to focus on your future.

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