Virtual Military Spouse Symposium Success
The first-ever Virtual Military Spouse Symposium was a huge success. Military spouses from across the globe and at all career stages connected with professional experts during sessions that included supporting job seekers in that first step towards a new job, learning wellness strategies and mastering the art of networking. More than 3,000 spouses participated in the interactive sessions from May 15 - 18 to take advantage of all the available job-hunting tools, strategies to balance home and work, and resources that SECO offers.
Each session was geared to allowing participants to thrive in the workplace as a military spouse. "Have fun and take advantage of what being associated with the military allows you to do. Embrace it,” said C. Eddy Mentzer, Associate Director, Family Readiness & Well-Being, Office of Military Family Readiness Policy.
Social media engagement
Throughout the wider military community, there was tremendous engagement on social media as influencers like the Military Spouse J.D. Network spread the word. Using the hashtag #MilSpouseLive, participants shared content about career opportunities and networking tips, including videos and live chats from top experts. Participants also took to social media to express their appreciation for the event. Mercedes tweeted, "Had a blast! Learned new thoughts on how to move forward. #milspouselive Thank you!" And Kristie added, "Proud to be a #MilSpouse. Thank you dodmilspouse & eMentorProgram for the career guidance shared this week at #MilSpouseLive." The symposium brought together veteran corporate recruiters and first time job seekers alike committed to opportunities for military spouses.
Connecting around the world
The symposium used various technology platforms to connect participants with experts on well-being, corporate recruiters, networking resources and each other. Because the sessions were interactive, military spouses were able to share information and find answers to specific career questions by reaching out directly to corporate partners for an immediate response.
- Chat functionality opened up the dialogue, so that participants could share their branches and locations, provide feedback and ask questions live.
- Facebook chat from Military Spouse Employment Partnership Partner Connect featured nine partner companies, including AT&T, Starbucks and Comcast discussing military career development.
“We tend to grow where we’re planted. We’re always learning and re-educating ourselves,” commented presenter Andia Dinesen, a financial counselor and military spouse. Clearly, many spouses took advantage of the Virtual Military Spouse Symposium to learn and grow their careers.
Webinars are available
Past webinars featuring career counseling, resource guides and tips for job seekers are available online to watch anytime. You can also watch sessions from the symposium such as "Making Your Career Move with You," and "Career and Family: Can You Have It All?" In the meantime, check out SECO's wealth of information and resources that connect military spouses with the next step in their careers.