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NDT - Best Careers For Military Spouses - October 13

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 12:48 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Due to the frequent uprooting and resettling of military families, finding a stable career can be challenging for a military spouse. In fact, in the next year, one-fifth of military spouses will be looking for jobs sustainable enough to support themselves and their families.

Currently, the unemployment rate of military spouses is nearly three times greater than the national average. With 13% of military spouses unemployed, and 43% under-employed citing relocation, childcare responsibilities, and the economic impact of the pandemic as significant challenges.

Here to help are two experts, Navy Federal Commercial Banking Team Lead, Matthew Vean and Hires Heroes USA Human Resource Manager, Amy Dodson. They talk about the inaugural list of Best Careers for Military Spouses, what to look for when applying to jobs, and steps to starting a new career.

Matthew Vean is the Commercial Banking Team Lead where he manages a team of Commercial Lenders in San Diego, CA, Washington, D.C, and Jacksonville, Fl. Matt also oversees all marketing efforts for the commercial lenders both in market and nationally. Matt started his career with Wells Fargo Bank in Denver and later worked for Bank of The West. Most recently, Matt was with Capital One Bank where he was a Business Strategy Manager concentrating on the overall strategy of the Business Banking Group that comprised over 200 business bankers in seven states. Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Finance from Coe College and later earned an MBA from George Mason University. Matt’s wife Mary is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Space Space. Together, the two of them along with their daughter Leonora reside in Alexandria, VA.

Amy Dodson is currently the Human Resources Manager for Hire Heroes USA but has served in other roles in her 6-year tenure with the organization. Amy started at Hire Heroes USA as a Transition Specialist and was then selected to the California Area Manager role in 2016. She has been in the Human Resources Manager role since June of 2020. Before coming to Hire Heroes USA, she supported transitioning service members and military spouses in their career development and job search through her work with The Department of Labor and the Navy’s Fleet and Family Support Center. Amy is the spouse of a recently retired US Marine, Billy, and they have been married since 1999. Billy and Amy have traveled the 22-year military journey, from boot camp to military retirement, together. They have navigated raising 2 sons: JJ (18) & Gabe (15), 6 deployments, many moves, and the many challenges of the military lifestyle in that time frame.

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