The Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities team will host the 2018 Virtual Military Spouse Symposium May 21-24, 2018. The four-day virtual symposium is designed to provide military spouses with up-to-date and relevant information related to career development, entrepreneurship, personal branding, military family well-being, employer connections and more. Check out some of the course offerings below, as well as ways Marine Corps Community Services can help supplement topics such as building your brand, planning your career path, and more.

SECO Virtual Symposium Tracks

Build Your Brand

  • Brand U – Establishing A Personal Brand
  • LinkedIn for Military Spouses: Behind the Scenes
  • Let Your Resume Tell Your Story

Can’t attend these sessions? No problem! Reach out to your installation’s Family Member Employment Assistance (FMEAP) staff to take a resume or LinkedIn class in person to learn how to establish your personal brand in person and online. Want to learn more about LinkedIn now? Check out LinkedIn resources on MCCS Forward.

Want to learn more about resumes? Check out the following articles:
Get Started Writing Your Resume Today
What’s the Best Resume Format for You?
Seven Resume Mistakes that Might be Holding You Back
Six Tips for the Experience Section of Your Resume

Be Your Own Boss

  • The Entrepreneur’s Toolbox
  • Show Me The Money
  • Stories of Success

Can’t attend? Reach out to your installation’s FMEAP or Transition Readiness staff to learn more about entrepreneurship. They can also help introduce you to Boots to Business an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The curriculum continuum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan, and more.

Fill Your Job Toolbox

  • How to Sell Yourself as a Remote Worker
  • MySECO and MSEP: Something for Everyone
  • Rock Your Interview with a Solid Performance

None of these work for you? No problem! Reach out to your installation’s FMEAP staff to talk about employment resources and learn about upcoming interview workshops and mock interview sessions. Want to learn more about interviews? Take a peek at the following articles:

Interviews: How to Prepare for Any Situation
How to Prepare for an Interview
Ten Interview Questions You Must be Prepared to Answer
In an interview, Always Reach for the STARS
After the Interview, What Next?

Your Family Matters

  • MilLife Quest: What Will You Roll
  • Planning, Choices and Reaching Retirement Goals
  • Relationship Tools to Go from Auto to Manual Pilot

Want to know more? Reach you to your installation’s Marine Corps Family Team Building staff and consider attending their LifeSkills classes. Want to learn more about retirement planning? Reach out to your installation Personal Financial Management staff to schedule a 1:1.

Your Career Options

  • Getting a Pulse on Health Care Careers
  • Go to the Head of the Class…Exploring Careers in Education
  • Understanding the IT Factor

None of these work for you? No problem! Reach out to your installation’s FMEAP staff to talk about portable employment options and employment resources. Check out SECO’s articles Portable Career Paths and Finding Portable Employment Overseas.

Plan Your Path

  • Making the Right Choice on Schools and Programs
  • Tips to Jump-Start Your Job Search
  • Tips to Ease the Stress of the Federal Application

None of these work for you? Learn how to jump start your job search by networking. If you want to learn more about federal employment, reach out to your installation’s FMEAP  or Transition Readiness staff about attending upcoming federal employment workshops. Check out OPM’s virtual learning events.

You can also check out the following articles on education:

Ten Things to Do When Applying to a College or University

How Can a Marine Spouse Finance Their Education?

Learn more about the Virtual Military Spouse Symposium sessions and register for any or all of the tracks that interest you at SECO!

Still searching for more in-depth assistance with your job search? Contact your installation’s FMEAP staff. You can also connect to the Marine For Life Network on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.