There are blog posts a plenty emphasizing the important role that a portable career can have in the life of a military spouse; there are stacks of arguments as to why education is valuable, and there are broken bats scattered along the way from everyone trying to hammer these points home.
If you haven’t yet heard it…get out from under that rock! PCS season is sneaking up, and military spouses will schedule the movers, pull the kids out of school, say good-bye to friends, oh and, yes, quit their jobs…again. I know this first hand; moving boxes are currently consuming my living room, and my pre-move to-do list grows.
Industries with mobile careers are few and far between, but by tapping into the right job markets (teaching, healthcare and fitness to name a few), savvy military spouses are finding more success in landing jobs that are portable.
I want to shine some light on the financial industry – specifically financial counseling.
According to the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE), financial counseling and planning education “is the integrative, multidisciplinary field of social science that studies personal finance and helps families from all walks of life make effective financial decisions and improve financial capability.” Among other efforts, AFCPE supports researchers, educators and counselors with the goal of building, advancing, and ensuring the integrity of the Personal Finance profession.
For the past several years, the National Military Family Association, AFCPE, and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation have joined together to provide the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program. This program is available to qualified applicants looking to pursue careers as accredited financial counselors (AFC). Organizations that hire financial counselors include: bankruptcy courts, banks, savings and loan associations, college financial aid offices, Uniformed Services family/community service agencies, employee benefits counseling firms, insurance companies, consumer finance companies and many more.
AFCPE offers a self-paced study that meets the following objectives:
- Train a corps of military spouses to provide financial counseling and education within the military community
- Help military spouses achieve career goals and aspirations and enhance job-related marketability
- Develop personal financial management skills of military families.
The fellowship gives military spouses (like you!) the opportunity to become an AFC at no cost, and on their own schedule from where ever in the world the military sends them.
If you are already in the finance field, and looking to advance your career, or you want to be a part of an industry that has jobs across state lines, consider this fellowship!
Applications for the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship program are being accpeted until April 18, 2014 – so apply now!