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Career Planning for the Military Spouse

Photo: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton

If you're a military spouse (or soon to be a military spouse) then by now you're probably pretty used to life being somewhat...unpredictable. Add to that the difficulty of building a career while you're constantly on the move and suddenly it might feel like you have no control over your own life. Luckily, changes in the internet and technology have made it easier to grow a career outside of an office building. Now companies are offering more ... more

Rules for Home-Based Businesses in Stateside Military Housing

An Air Force spouse displays crafts at a home business expo. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/ Senior Airman Michael)

We all know that having a career while married to someone in the military can be hard -- really hard. That's why so many military spouses have become home-based entrepreneurs or turned to direct sales. While having your own home-based business may solve your career portability problems, it does open up a new world of other challenges, especially if you live in on-base housing. Every business operated out of on-base housing is supposed to reg... more

Ms. Vicki: Should a Spouse Sign an Employment Contract?

Ms. Vicki

Dear Ms. Vicki, I am a military spouse who PCSed to Florida this summer. I just passed the NCLEX test and am now a newly licensed Register Nurse. After two months of applying, I have my first interview today. The job sounds great, it is a training program for new graduate nurses. The only downside is a two-year contract. How should I approach this? As a military spouse, I know we plan to be here for three years, but there is always the... more

Five Ways to Survive a Layoff

(Photo: U.S. Army/Pfc. Jung Youngho)

Getting the dreaded pink slip, which is not the most desirable situation, is not the worst thing that can happen to you. Yes, you'll have to figure out where your next paycheck will come from. But you can use this downtime to consider a career change, as well as establish good financial habits. If you've recently joined the ranks of the unemployed, and want to stay productive, here are five ways to survive your layoff. Five Ways to Survive Y... more

Military Spouse Employment 101

job fair

 Holding down a job while your spouse is in the military is easier than you might think. While the military will always throw a monkey wrench in any best-laid plans, your career doesn't have to be one of them. Military spouses have successful careers in all types of industries. Want to be a writer? A teacher? An entrepreneur? Maybe a surgical nurse? Do you dream of running an organization? Military spouses are making a go of their dream jobs... more

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