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Cosmetology School Career for Military Spouses

How many times have you moved in the last ten years? Many military spouses find that relocation creates too many obstacles to develop their own professional career. Not so! It's not just possible to pack some careers and go--it can great for you and you spouse.

Cosmetology School for Military Spouses

Cosmetology school is a great option for military spouses who want to work in a creative, fashion-forward industry. Education requirements vary depending on the state guidelines, so cosmetologists may need to take classes and earn extra experience hours to meet the new state's requirements. Some states, such as California, require enough hours to meet most other states' reciprocity requirements. Lynelle Lynch, president of the Bellus Academy of Beauty and Spa in San Diego, California, says, "If someone moved from California to New York, that person will already have enough hours to meet the requirements in New York."

Bellus Academy also provides a course for international certification through ITEC, which can be particularly useful for military spouses. ITEC is an international examination board, and ITEC certification allows cosmetologists to work in more than 30 countries, providing more options for military families transferred overseas.

Another benefit of beauty school for military spouses is the job placement services. Schools that are members of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, like Bellus Academy, can tap into that network to help relocating students find jobs. "If I have a student whose husband is transferred, I can find a school in the new city that will help the student find a job," says Lynelle.

Military Education Benefits for Military Spouses

Military spouses can receive financial assistance for training and education for portable-career opportunities through Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAAs). Cosponsored by the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor to help active duty spouses develop portable careers, a MyCAA pays up to $6000 of education expenses, including tuition, books, fees, tools and equipment, and licensing fees.

There also are scholarships for military spouses and qualifying service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program can transfer their educational benefits to their spouses.

Family-Minded Military Spouses

One of the biggest benefits of a cosmetology license for military spouses is the flexibility for spouses who plan to start a family. "There are MyCAAs, scholarships, and GI Bill financing available to spouses, and it's a career that can transfer almost anywhere," says Lynelle. "But one of the biggest benefits is flexibility, and not just in relocating. Military spouses who want to start a family can make their own hours and just work part time. This is one of the few industries where that's possible."

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