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October 23, 2020
LinkedIn military spouse program

LinkedIn Unveils New Military Spouse Program

A new LinkedIn military spouse program will help partners find career opportunities, by teaming up with the Department of Defense…

LinkedIn first introduced its service-member transition program seven years ago. It helps those who served to make the change from active duty to civilian life. Now, the professional networking site is extending some of those tools to military spouses.

“Faced with frequent moves and deployments, military spouses have a unique challenge when it comes to growing their careers – in fact, they are four times more likely to be unemployed than their civilian counterparts. In order to help set them up for success, re-skilling and re-training are key as well as identifying remote and flexible work options,” Daniel Savage writes today.

LinkedIn Military Spouse Program Unveiled

So, LinkedIn partnered with the Department of Defense’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program. Starting this July, the company will provide one year of access to its Premium platform. And, it will offer these benefits for every move to new stations. This includes, “free access to our online library of more than 12,000 LinkedIn Learning courses, including our newly-launched learning path designed to help military spouses succeed in flexible, freelance, or remote work opportunities.”

Additionally, the professional networking site is renaming its current program. Going forward, it will now be known as the Military and Veterans Programs. Presently, there are over 2.4 million active service-members and veterans on LinkedIn.

Furthermore, Savage writes, “Moving forward, through our partnership with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, we will also be exploring ways to bring LinkedIn Premium to the spouses of those killed on active duty, as well as the caretakers of wounded veterans.”

The Simple Dollar created a military spouse career and school guide, as well.