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The Military Dream Big! Career and Education Fair has something for everyone

Grand Canyon University educates visitors on their GI Bill benefit. Photo credit: Missy Bouchat

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With the hustle and bustle of the PCS season behind us, it's time to start looking and planning ahead. For some, that might mean looking at what life looks like after their military service. This weekend, you can't miss the Military Dream Big! Career and Education Fair sponsored by Teach-Now.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, head over to Spanaway to the Marymount Event Center between 9 a.m. and noon to connect with the businesses and educational establishments eager to speak with service members and their spouses. This event is perfect for those looking to pursue higher education, full-time or part-time work, or ideas and inspiration of what their career post military could look like. There is definitely something for everyone. This event is open house-style; you are welcome to come and go as you please, but be sure to check out the full list of seminars planned throughout the day. These seminars will inspire you to jump-start your dream career, whether it is running your own business, becoming a teacher, or making millions in real estate. Each seminar is 30-40 minutes, with plenty of time for questions after.

Military Dream Big! Career and Education Fair Seminar Schedule

9 a.m.: From active-duty to reservist

Not quite ready to fully give up your military benefits but anxious to start on your dream career? Discover how you can experience the civilian and soldier perks of being an Army reservist.

9:15 a.m.: Become a freelance writer

Join published author and travel writer Marguerite Cleveland as she discusses the ins and outs of navigating a career as a writer.

9:30 a.m.: GI Bill benefits explained

Not sure what resources are available to help you pay for college? Grand Canyon University explains what the GI Bill is, and how to take full advantage of this incredible benefit for qualifying veterans and their family members.

9:45 a.m.: Become an entrepreneur

Discover all the opportunities available as a franchise and business owner as Entrepreneur Source explains how to bridge the gap between your military career and your new endeavors.

10 a.m.: Building a mobile career as an accountant

Are you a spouse looking for a flexible career that can move with you?

H&R Block Tax School discusses how a career as a tax preparer could be the perfect new gig for you.

10:15 a.m.: Real estate course

Local real estate agent and veteran Tim Tooker of Tooker Home Group, explains how to utilize your VA Home Loan benefit to its fullest potential, as well as what it takes to get into the real estate market as a realtor.

10:30 a.m.: How to run a successful business as a military spouse

The idea of juggling it all and then some sounds daunting, but just because you are a military spouse doesn't mean your dreams have to be put on hold. Join Kendra Pena-Collazo, of Movement in Science, as she recounts the dos and don'ts of starting a business as a military spouse.

10:45 a.m.: Transitioning into the civilian workforce

When was the last time you were interviewed for a civilian job, or updated your resumé? What's changed in the civilian work place? Sit in with veteran Grant Grady as he discusses what to expect during your transition and how to prepare.

11 a.m.: How to create a federal resumé

Looking into applying for a federal job? Did you know there is a difference between federal and corporate resumés? Rudy Muriel will show you how to write and prepare the right resumé.

11:15 a.m.: Become a video and podcast host

Do you consider yourself a mover and shaker in the military community? Are you always looking for and sharing the best things to do around your local base? Join the Milcast Network as they explain what it takes to run a Youtube and podcast show, and who they're looking for next.

11:30 a.m.: From military to teacher in nine months

Have you always seen yourself in a teaching career but aren't sure how to get there? Teach-Now, sponsors of the Military Dream Big! Career and Education Fair, explain how this dream career can be yours, and with only nine months of schooling.

Make sure to RSVP for the Military Dream Big! Career and Education Fair Oct. 12 at

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