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BY Joel Junker

7 Ways for Spouses & Significant Others to Get Involved with the Cameron-Brooks Program

Over the last 6 months, I have received numerous positive comments on this post from August 2012.  I also continue to receive many questions about spouse involvement.  As a result, I decided to post again to keep it towards the front of our blog posts.


Changing career direction from the military to Corporate America is one of the most important moves JMOs make in their lifetime. It affects their futures and those of their spouses/significant others.  This is why Cameron-Brooks highly encourages spouses/significant others to be involved with the entire career search process to include attending our Information Meetings, Personal Interviews, and Career Conferences.

We feel spouses/significant others need to be involved in gathering and analyzing information so they can make an informed decision with their JMO spouses.  They both should have the same degree of knowledge regarding the business world and the same degree of commitment to a successful transition to business.

I recommend the following 7 steps for spouses/significant others to get involved with the Cameron-Brooks program and be a key partner with his or her JMO candidate.

  1. Watch the webcast, “Significant Others Can Make a Significant Difference” where we interview a Cameron-Brooks alumni and his spouse about the transition. They provide advice on how spouses/significant others can get involved with the program and their role at the Career Conference.  You can access the webcast via our Resource Center, here.
  2. Watch our recorded webcast, “Considering a Business Career?” where we discuss the Development Candidate concept, the mission of Cameron-Brooks, the role of location in a career search, benefits and compensation, and much more.
  3. Read PCS to Corporate America by Roger Cameron.  You can order it from our website or read the first chapter for free online in our Resource Center, here.  Pay specific attention to Chapter 3 where Roger provides advice on how a spouse/significant other can support the candidate.
  4. Attend the one-on-one personal sessions when the JMO candidate meets the Cameron-Brooks Transition Coach.  This is a great opportunity to ask those important questions and learn more about the process.
  5. Read Tab 5 of our Development and Preparation Program© (DPP©) and listen to the some of the Interview Preparation Podcasts in our ResourceCenter.
  6. Help your JMO candidate prepare by taking him or her through mock interviews.  Chapter 3 of PCS and the webcast listed in the first point provide advice on how to do this.  Reading PCS, reading Tab 5 of DPP© and listening to the Podcasts will give you the right tools and knowledge to provide constructive feedback.
  7. Be present at the Career Conference.  You will learn so much about the opportunities and be better prepared to provide input into the final decision on the choice of company, position and location.  You will also be a good study partner.  Two heads are better than one!  Finally, the Conference is busy.  You may have to step in at times and be a “logistician” for your spouse JMO to help him or her get to the right place at the right time.

Spouses/significant others:  We want you to be a part of the process and feel included.   Please let us know what more we can do for you, and if we can answer any other questions.