Careers

Blue Star Careers Center

If you’re married to a service member, you may be one of the 84% of employed active duty spouses who say that military affiliation had a negative impact on their ability to pursue a career. Frequent moves, deployments, and family separations are just a few of the obstacles military spouses face in their career.

At the same time, we know that military families with employed spouses have greater financial security, better mental health, and higher satisfaction with the military lifestyle. Our annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey gives us a direct line to understanding family concerns, including career challenges. We know that over half of the active duty spouses who aren’t working want to be employed—a rate of un- and underemployment far greater than the national average.

Blue Star Families’ mission is to help military families with challenging hurdles—both during and after active service. Our military spouse employment and education programs support military family members through their entire career path through education, connection, and support services.

If you’re married to a service member, you may be one of the 84% of employed active duty spouses who say that military affiliation had a negative impact on their ability to pursue a career.

- Blue Star Families 2014 Family Military Lifestyle Survey

Programs

Networks Live!

Networking connects at least 70% of job-seekers to future careers. BlueStar Networks Live! events provide an important career bridge to will broaden military spouses exposure in the marketplace. Networks Live! opportunities connect military spouses directly to a network of industry leaders.


Blue Star SpouseForce

SpouseForce opens up in-demand tech training skill sets through an eight-week training preparing them for the Salesforce Administrator Certification exam and entry positions in the field. Military spouses who successfully complete training and pass the certification exam will immediately qualify for highly sought-after, portable career opportunities in the IT industry.


Career Coaching & Employment Preparation Counseling

Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, military spouses and veterans to succeed in the civilian workforce through transition workshops, personalized career coaching and employment preparation counseling. Visit Hire Heroes USA to register for great career resources and learn about all the services available to you.

HireHeroesUSA

Industry-Specific Training and Job Placement

Blue Star Families is teaming up with Onward to Opportunity (O2O) a FREE program offering industry-specific training and job placement services on military installations to include Jacksonville, FL and Camp Pendelton, CA. O2O has partners with private sector companies committed to training and hiring military spouses and veterans. Military spouses can take advantage of this program to kick start their career. Whether you are new to the workforce or you are ready to re enter it, O2O offers great tools to support your journey! Sign up now for career training at O2O.


Mentors for Military Spouses

Blue Star Families has partnered with Veterati, a leading digital mentorship platform, to offer on-demand mentorship for military spouses. ACCESS UNLIMITED CAREER MENTORS, ON-DEMAND. Join thousands of Military Spouses, Service Members, Veterans in setting up free 1-hr career mentorship phone calls with successful professionals. Veterati is the only Veteran Mentorship Platform to let you choose your own mentors and as many as you would like. Click below to create a free profile at Veterati to get unlimited access to thousands of volunteer mentors.


Blue Star Networks

A platform to empower, connect, and advocate across four industries to include Entrepreneurs, Education, Health Care and Technology. Blue Star Networks are found on the Facebook platform. Build your professional network wherever you’re stationed, find strength in numbers, and learn about your field. Become a Blue Star Families Member and then join the network.

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Research

Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey

Find out the latest research on military family life.


THE MILSPOUSE EMPLOYMENT STUDY

The Social Cost Analysis of the Unemployment and Underemployment of Military Spouses study reveals the economic costs to society from the high rates of unemployment, underemployment, and reduced labor force participation among U.S. military spouses.

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Additional Resources

Recommendations, tips and resources to help you navigate the military lifestyle.