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Career Advancement for Military Spouses

If you're searching for a flexible career, start with a flexible education.

We know going back to school can feel improbable. You may be moving to a new duty station, caring for children, dealing with a tight budget, or working around your spouse's training schedule. But if you want to find a good job, you have to invest in yourself, too.

We can help. University of Maryland University College began serving military families in 1947, and more than 55,000 military-affiliated students attend UMUC today. So we understand the challenges you face, and we offer flexible solutions:

"Taking a few years off from school and going back was quite difficult at first, but I had, and still have, a wonderful support system: my husband, my children, my family, and my advisors from UMUC Europe and here, stateside."

Jennifer Aguilar

Military Spouse
Associate of Arts in General Studies

The Power of a Degree

A college education is a solid investment in your future. Moving from a high school diploma to a bachelor's degree nearly doubles the weekly wages of a typical U.S. worker.1

But the power of a degree doesn't stop with your paycheck. UMUC will help prepare you for a lifetime of success in the workplace. In addition to enhancing your fundamental knowledge and competencies, our academic programs also build your soft skills. Improving your communication, time management, problem solving, and critical thinking can set you apart from the competition.

Consider a Portable Career

Joblessness is an unwelcome reality for military spouses. In fact, the 2012 unemployment rate for 18-24 year-old female military spouses reached 30 percent—a rate three times higher than their civilian counterparts.2

Overcoming moves and deployment is not easy, but a portable career could be for you.

Whether working from home, creating your own business, or filling a position that's in demand around the world, you can put your knowledge, skills, and talent to work anywhere your military life takes you. Popular portable careers include education, healthcare, business, and technology.

Military spouses and family members choose business administration and psychology more than any other bachelor's degree program at UMUC.

Browse degrees by career, and contact our specially trained military advisors today. We'll help assess your interests and create a degree plan that fits your life.

1 Source: "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers Fourth Quarter 2013," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 22, 2014
2 Source: "Military Spouse Employment Survey Summary," Military Officers Association of America, 2013

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