Being a stay-at-home spouse is a fulltime job—kids, dinner, laundry, shopping, bills. It can be difficult to balance a career, part-time or full-time, on top of home responsibilities. Many military wives would like a career or part-time work but struggle to find a way to be successful at home as well as in an occupation. This is usually due to all of the additional challenges a military lifestyle brings, including the financial burden of career training for military spouses. However, thanks to government education funds, achieving success at home and in a career is absolutely attainable! See how you can do it with MyCAA funding:
Step 1: Weigh career benefits
There are many factors you need to weigh before launching into a career. A great place to start is listing what is keeping you from taking the leap. This could include childcare, finances, frequent moves, lack of desirable programs, etc. Then make a pro/con list of being a working military spouse. Here are some examples of pros:
- Additional family income
- New personal sense of accomplishment
- Social and professional achievement opportunities
- Productive way to spend time and energy
- Chance to expand skills and grow intellectually
Listing the pros against those things that are keeping you from making the leap can make it easier to see if the benefits outweigh the costs.
Step 2: Make realistic goals and expectations
Take another look at your career challenges list; as a military spouse, you deal with frequent relocation, deployment, unpredictable schedules, and more that can make a traditional career seem nearly impossible. The key is to find the right career for your family lifestyle—in other words, a portable career.
Thanks to technology, there are now many portable careers beyond cosmetology, substitute teaching, retail, etc. There are a variety of careers today that provide work-from-home, flexible schedule, and part-time/full-time options, such as medical coding and billing, medical transcription, and computer technology. Start investigating portable careers that pique your interest.
Step 3: Look into military benefits
Cross “training tuition” off your career challenges list: career training is rarely cheap, but thanks to MyCAA, it could be free for you!
Check out this infographic to see if you qualify for MyCAA funds. This program gives you up to $4,000 to fund certifications, licensures, and 2-year associate degrees leading to employment in a high-demand, portable field. In addition to MyCAA funding, you could also qualify for financial assistance through Post 9/11 GI Bill transferability, scholarships, low-interest federal loans, tuition discounts, and more. With a little research, your military spouse career training can be more than affordable.
Step 4: Find an approved program and school
Find MyCAA-approved schools that offer training in a portable field that interests you. Thankfully, many programs are created specifically with military spouses in mind. For example, Career Step, a MyCAA-approved school, offers online classes, flexible schedules, and personal career advisement catered to your specific needs.
As a military spouse, you don’t have to be a stay-at-home spouse if you don’t want to be. With so many military, financial, and career resources at your disposal, you can overcome the obstacles of a military lifestyle and enjoy real success in the home and in a career.
Are you a military spouse student or grad? We want to hear from you! How have you been successful funding your career training and finding success at home and in the workplace?