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Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Annual Partner Meeting

Nov 07 2013

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On Tuesday, we attended the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia. At the event, over 200 military-friendly partner employers pledged to recruit, hire, promote, and retain military spouses. We were honored to participate and sit on a Military Spouse Employment Panel to discuss the challenges military spouses face when looking for employment and to discuss the benefits of working for an MSEP partner. Joining the panel discussion were spouses that work for Humana, Microsoft, and Volt as pictured below.

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MSEP is a White House-sponsored Joining Forces initiative that is housed under the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program. This initiative seeks to ease the challenges of military life by helping spouses find and maintain rewarding careers despite frequent moves.

MOAA works very closely with MSEP to ensure that military spouses have career opportunities no matter where they live. As inaugural Military Spouse Ambassador Network members, MOAA is part of an even larger collective effort to support military spouse employment. The mission of the Ambassador network is to educate, empower, and mentor military spouses to encourage career fulfillment by promoting and sharing resources while facilitating effective relationships with local and national stakeholders.

To learn more about MSEP, create a profile on MSEP’s career portal.

Have you struggled with employment in this mobile lifestyle? Tell us your story! Leave us a comment or connect with us through our MOAA Spouse Facebook page or @MOAA_MilLife!

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MOAA Spouse Programs Briefs the White House

Oct 02 2013

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On Monday, September 30th, we had the honor and privilege to discuss MOAA’s Military Spouse and Transitioning Veterans programs and initiatives at the Joining Forces Veterans and Military Family Summit. It was an all-day event packed with informative, educational, and enlightening presentations from government officials and non-profit organizations which MOAA works with in support of our military community.

Our presentation was sandwiched in between many rock stars in the military family and spouse community (see the lineup below). We were thrilled to stand beside so many distinguished presenters, many of whom are military spouses.

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When it was our turn to take the stage, we jokingly told the audience that neither of us have ever held a position as an Executive Director of a national non-profit, served on the White House staff, or as an appointed government official.

Now, we are currently serving military spouses, who have held multiple positions in a variety of career fields, but never have spent enough time at one duty station to climb any type of career ladder or gain such stature. This is what makes us passionate advocates for the military spouse community.

Listening to the other speakers gave us hope though!

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We pointed out a few programs and initiatives that MOAA conducts on behalf of our military community in transition. Some of these include:

1) MOAA’s Military Spouse Symposium which offers military spouses a place to learn, connect, and get inspired. We are going on our seventh year with our “Keeping A Career on the Move” event. Be on the lookout, our symposium might be coming to your community in 2014!

2) Military Spouse Employment Survey: Military spouses face many challenges to both employment and career advancement as a result of the military lifestyle. Share Your Story by taking the #MilSpouseSurvey. Read our stories today!

3) MOAA’s Career Fairs: In 2013, we will host three live and nine virtual career fairs that are open to all officers, enlisted, active duty, former, and retired servicemembers and their spouses. On October 18th, we will host a live career fair in Washington D.C. During this career fair, we have a specific session for all military spouses and female veterans titled: Professional Imaging. Come join us!

4) LinkedIn Career Networking Group which provides career transition best practices. Become a member today!

Although this list in not all inclusive, we encourage you to check out our main webpage for information on any upcoming events or new initiatives. As always, we would love to hear from you on our MOAA Spouse Facebook page and at @MOAA_MilLife!

Christine C. “C.C.” Gallagher, an Army Spouse, serves as the Deputy Director, Spouse and Currently Serving Programs

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