As a military spouse, there is a good chance you are in charge of handling the finances for your household, especially while your spouse is deployed. You can take advantage of your financial skills and create a portable career in the banking industry.
Types of employment
Many different types of employment exist in the banking industry, all of which have varying levels of education requirements. Some of the more popular occupations in the banking industry include the following positions.
- Tellers typically have a high school diploma and receive about one month of on-the-job training.
- Loan officers usually have a bachelor’s degree in business or finance and receive on-the-job training.
- Financial examiners typically have a bachelor’s degree with coursework in accounting and receive on-the-job training.
- Financial analysts must have a bachelor’s degree, but most employers prefer candidates to have a master’s degree in finance.
- Bookkeeping, and auditing clerks normally have a high school diploma for entry-level; however, many employers prefer clerks to have a postsecondary degree with a concentration in accounting.
Regardless of the career you are interested in, you can put yourself on the right path by visiting College Scorecard and finding a postsecondary school that offers a program of study to meet your industry’s education requirements. When visiting the website, search by program/degree, location, size and more to find a program near you. This could be security, tellers, auditor or any other banking industry field you would like to research. If you need help with finding ways to finance your education, visit the Scholarship Finder on MySECO.
Professional organizations and networking
Join a professional organization in your chosen field to gain a better understanding of current industry practices and policies. Professional organizations are great ways to continue your education through workshops and conferences, which will add to your transferable skill set as you move. Network with other professionals in your industry to give you an edge in meeting the right people who may have the connections you need to get an interview at your new location.
Read The Value of Professional Associations for more information on how becoming a member can help enhance your career.
To find employment near you, search the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search using the keyword 'banking.' You can also search your local state and national job bank for vacant positions or visit USAJOBS and enter the keyword 'banking' to locate federal banking opportunities.
For more information about starting your career in the banking industry, check out the Research Occupations tool on MySECO. Enter the keyword 'banking' to learn more about the occupational overview for your specialty field.
If your specialty field requires a license, and you need more information on getting the proper licensure or certification as part of your specialty field, visit the Advantages of Licensure article in the Licensures and Certifications section of the Education, Training and Licensing lifecycle stage of MySECO. You can also visit the Military Spouse Interstate License Recognition Options for up-to-date legislation and licensure information for your specific state.
You can also speak with a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. For additional guidance, use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website.