By Staff Sgt. Cody HardingApril 16, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Though the issue is not just in South Korea, spouses across the Army can often find themselves in a difficult situation when it comes to finding employment, especially overseas. Jobs can be scarce leaving a spouse few or no options when they decide to help supplement their Family's income.
This is where Frank Jackson, and his work with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Program come in. MSEP, which is a Department of Defense wide initiative to help spouses find jobs on the economy, has grown from smaller unit initiatives to a Military-wide program under the direction of Army Community Service.
MSEP works through a national database of employers, who sign with MSEP to offer jobs to the Community by matching spouses with their knowledge and skillsets. Over 90 employers have signed up with the initiative.
Jackson, who helped host the Senior Spouse Employment Forum on Yongsan Garrison, said that the changes will help the Community find jobs, which gives him satisfaction.
"This is pretty cool for me because this is what I like to do," Jackson said. "With this program coming online, it's going to make my job easier, and make a lot of people walk out of my office with a big smile on their face."
One of the larger topics discussed was how the MSEP and the companies involved would work with 'out of office' employment, allowing spouses to work from home. One of the major advantages, Jackson said, was that it allowed spouses to grow with the company, giving them a chance to make lasting connections with an employer of choice.
Another advantage would be the fact that frequent moves, which is a fact in today's Army, would affect a business less, allowing spouses to take their work with them as they changed duty stations, or find new jobs at local affiliates where their expertise can aid the Community.