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I recently had a conversation with a few college-age students about career paths and options. There is an expectation that a career path will be chosen, the appropriate degree obtained and then off you go. For fields such as medicine or law, this may be true. But for others who are exploring careers in business, the arts, and more, that path may not be so straight. And not every career requires a college degree. Certifications can be the gateway to some fantastic opportunities!
When I was younger, I rarely took steps larger than I thought I could manage for fear of failure. This applied academically, personally and professionally. It wasn’t until I reached my 40’s that I began to realize that I really could, indeed, do almost anything I set my mind to. Oftentimes I’ll catch myself thinking “what if”. What if I had taken more risks professionally? What if I had been more active in social clubs while in college?
More than 40 percent of Americans enrolled in colleges are adult learners – students who are 25 years old or older - and many colleges and universities are just starting to consider their diverse needs. This growing demographic tends to be ambitious, capable, and eager to learn.
A common challenge for military spouses is the ability for their careers to be portable. With frequent relocations, the spouse’s career often comes second to that of the service member’s. Because of this, military spouses face unique challenges when it comes to carving out a professional career for themselves. What a great benefit it would be to be able to take you career with you when you move!
What are portable careers?
Did you know? The MyCAA program is a workforce development program for spouses of active duty military members. Spouses can receive up to $4,000.00 in career education benefits funded through the Department of Defense.
It's the dreaded “D" word! No it’s not diet or divorce, its deployment! In every military spouse’s life he or she will have to face a deployment at least once, if not multiple times. My husband and I have been through five deployments. It never gets easier, but there are ways to make it more tolerable.