Education & Employment
Whether you are a service member thinking about a college degree, a military spouse wanting to connect with a network of military-friendly employers or a parent hoping for a smooth school transition for your child, Military OneSource offers practical information and resources for pursuing education goals and achieving career aspirations. Take the next steps to make your education and career ambitions come true.
Building Job Skills and Funding Your Portable Career
How can you make your military spouse career "more portable"? By making sure you have the skills, training, licenses, degrees and certifications that employers want in high-growth, high-demand fields and occupations.
Exploring a New Career? Start Here
It’s time to explore a new career, but what do you do first? Matching your interests, skills and goals while pursuing an occupation compatible with your mobile military life is easier than you think. Here are a few steps that will help you research and define your career path.
7 Tips for Considering Telecommuting as a Military Spouse
If you are interested in working from home or alleviating the stress of daily traffic, you may want to consider telecommuting and teleworking.
Networking and Self-Marketing Bring Job Search Success to Military Spouses
Networking leads to 70 percent of all jobs. While it isn't difficult, networking does take time and effort.
Military Spouses: Let the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Help You Find a Job
If you need a job, particularly one that is potentially flexible and portable, look no further than the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Career Portal.
Job Fair Success Strategies
Job fairs are a great opportunity to network and may be a required step in the employment process. In order to make the most of these opportunities, set realistic expectations for what you hope to achieve.
State Licensing and Career Credentials Initiative
The new state licensing and career credentials initiative will soon make it easier to transition your credentials to a new state.
Going Back to School as a Military Spouse
You’ve made the rewarding choice to go back to school. By pursuing your education goals, you can expand your job opportunities and boost your earning power.
SECO and MSEP 101: Made for Military Spouse Employment
If you're a military spouse looking for employment, meet two programs made exclusively for you — to get you career-ready and find a great job.
Postsecondary Education Complaint System
If you or your family member receives tuition assistance or is a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Scholarship recipient, you are encouraged to submit feedback here.
Military Spouse Preference in Employment
Moving doesn't have to disrupt your career, because as a military spouse you may get preference when you apply for Department of Defense civilian jobs. The Military Spouse Preference program gives preference to military spouses for Department of Defense civilian jobs.
Financing Your Child’s College Education
So, your child is ready for college — and you’re ready to support their education goals. Now you just need to figure out how to pay for it. Luckily, you’ll find lots of resources to help military families finance their children’s college, from saving plans to scholarships.
An Explanation of Education Advancement Exams
You’ve been tested before and have the determination it takes to study hard and be prepared. Doing so on education advancement exams, which assess your skills, can help you earn your degree faster. Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, or DANTES, offers free or discounted tests for military members.
Preparing Young Adults for Their First Job
So, your child is getting ready to look for work. Whether he or she is still in school or just starting the search, there are plenty of resources to help military families get a leg up in the job hunt
Staying Connected With Your Child’s Teachers During a Deployment
No matter where you are around the country or the world, you can still support your child's education. With communication technology and strong interest, you can keep up with their grades and stay in touch with their teachers. Let your children know that school and education are important — whether you’re home or deployed.
Savings Plans, Student Loans and Scholarships for Military Teens
With the many available scholarships, grants and other options for financial aid, paying for college doesn't have to be intimidating.
College Navigator — Find the School That’s Right for You
Take control over the next step in your education by finding the right postsecondary school for you. The College Navigator, a free online tool from the National Center for Education Statistics, can help you with your search.
How to Use the Military Tuition Assistance Program
If you've thought about going to college, but didn't know if you could afford it, then the Military Tuition Assistance program may be just the benefit you need. The program is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component service members.
What Service Members Need to Know About Employment
You’re closing the chapter on your military life and opening a new one. This means transitioning from being a soldier to a civilian employee in a company, nonprofit organization or maybe the government.
10 Attributes for a Successful Job Search
As a service member, you’ve already got a strong skill set to make you an asset in the workplace. Many of those same skills can be applied in finding the right job in the first place. Here are ten skills to master when searching and interviewing for a position.