March 25, 2020
News Release
Release No: NR-002-20


Department of Defense Hosts Fourth Annual Virtual Military Spouse Symposium

The Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program will host the fourth annual Virtual Military Spouse Symposium on April 29-30. This event helps military spouses in all levels of career progression sharpen their skills and achieve their employment goals. During the symposium, military spouses can learn about the federal job search, how to make a career change, get resume tips and much more.

“Military spouses are some of the most qualified and educated people in today’s workforce,” said Lee Kelley, director of Military Community Support Programs. “We are committed to helping military spouses find meaningful careers and education opportunities. Frequent moves and the unique aspects of military life can pose challenges for spouses trying to meet their career and education goals. This year’s symposium will give them the tools to further their profession and network.”

Vision 2020: Imagine, Prepare, Achieve is the theme for this year’s symposium and registration is now open for the free two-day event. Spouses can participate in eight interactive online sessions designed specifically to help them envision their future profession and network, learn and take steps to build toward that vison. Each day will conclude with a Facebook Live led by a partner in the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.

To attend the symposium, military spouses can register online anytime for as many sessions as they would like. For those unable to attend a session, presentations and webinar recordings will be available after the event on the MySECO website.

All military spouses are welcome to attend the Virtual Military Spouse Symposium no matter what phase of career they’re in – from a first-time job seeker to an experienced professional. Thousands of military spouses who attended previous symposiums have picked up job search tips, honed networking skills, made helpful connections and learned ways to advance or switch their careers.

The Department of Defense established the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program to provide education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide, offering free comprehensive resources and tools related to career exploration, education, training and licensing, employment readiness and career connections. This program offers free career coaching services six days a week. Learn more about the SECO program by visiting the MySECO website, or speak to a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647.