Financial stress of the holidays prompts many families to seek additional sources of income. Frequent moves can make it tough for a Marine spouse to secure satisfying work. Portable careers can be a great career path for some Marine spouses. Portable (or remote) careers are on the rise with 43 percent of U.S workers working at least occasionally remotely from 2017 (Flexjobs.com, 2017). Here are three resources to get you started in your search for a portable career.
What is a portable or remote career? Would this be a good fit for you and your family? How do you get started? Start your portable career journey with some research. There are many websites, articles, and resources available on this topic. According to Forbes, the top five fastest-growing remote careers are in therapy, virtual administration, client services, tutoring, and state/local government. However, Flexjobs.com has ranked the top 100 companies to work for remotely for the fourth year consecutively: https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/100-top-companies-with-remote-jobs-in-2018. Flexjobs also offers a downloadable guide for free advice on the remote job market, application/interview, and avoiding work-from-home scams.
SECO and MSEP Resources
The Department of Defenses’ (DoD) program, Spouse, Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) offers a multitude of services. One of the most popular is the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) career portal, which is exclusively for military spouses. The MSEP is targeted recruitment and employment solution for spouses and companies that:
To get started with SECO (and/or MSEP Career Portal) you can visit the website. To discuss any questions you may have about beginning your career or continuing your education, get connected with a Career Coach by calling 800-342-9647.
Remote careers are not a one-size-fits-all type of job. For some spouses starting their own business as an entrepreneur may be more fitting. The U.S Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Veteran Business Development works with military spouses and veterans interested in starting their own business in these three areas: capital, counseling and contracting. SBA is also working with Department of Labor (DoL) and DoD to reduce barriers of business ownership and cross-state credentialing for spouses. More information can be found at: https://www.sba.gov/content/military-spouses.
Another excellent entrepreneurship resource for female military spouses/partners is the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program. This entrepreneurship and small business management training program can help you find your passion and learn the business savvy skills necessary to turn an idea or start-up into a growing venture. To learn more visit the V-WISE information page.
To learn more about navigating portable career opportunities with SECO contact your installation’s Family Member Employment Assistance staff for an appointment.
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