Every year, 50 military spouses receive scholarships through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation to complete the Financial Counselor Program. Application information for the program, including open enrollment periods, deadlines and course dates, is located on the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program website.
Once you have completed the course work and study portion of the program, you will need to take your certification exam online with a proctor. After successfully passing the examination, you can apply to participate in training programs where you practice the skills you have learned or apply for employment in a financial counseling position. As an Accredited Financial Counselor, you could find employment opportunities in any of the following fields:
- Savings and loan associations
- Community programs
- Consumer finance companies
- Corporate credit departments
- Credit unions
- Family service agencies
- Insurance companies
- Mortgage lenders
- Uniformed services family or community service agencies
For more details on the required course work and materials covered in the Financial Assistance Program, please visit the Military Spouse Fellowship Program home page. Take advantage of these training opportunities to help build your skill set and become more marketable in the workplace. Investigate online learning opportunities and pursue training at local community colleges or universities. Visit your installation family center to discuss options and resources. For other ideas and suggestions, call 800-342-9647 to speak with a career coach.