At certain times in life, we reach important decision points that require us to make tough decisions. The military spouse often finds the need to adjust quickly and react to the changes created by the military lifestyle. A new duty assignment means yet another series of adjustments. At some point, you have to figure out what's best for you. Or, maybe you have kids and they just went back to school. Now that summer vacation is over, you can focus on doing something for YOU! (Insert BIG SMILE here)

Whether you've just moved or you're moved by the fact that there's a little more time on your hands, it's time to take action. You've reach a fork in the road. (No, the packers didn't drop anything from your household goods shipment.) You're looking down the career path and see two choices: Back to School or Back to Work.

If you take the Back to School path, you might gain additional skills that make you more marketable. You start classes and eventually walk away with the latest and greatest information available from the school house. You meet new people and new opportunities with the assurance that you went above & beyond the call by furthering your education. When it comes to all those "Educational Requirements" listed on those job postings, you move closer to meeting or exceeding whatever they're looking for.

If you take the Back to Work path, you might find a new and exciting place to add value to an organization. Going back to work means a fresh start. You can re-invent yourself. You can maximize opportunities that may not have existed at your last place of employment. Maybe Back to Work means focusing on your self-employment or business. Maybe you take summers off to spend with your Uniformed Spouse or Family. It's that time of year to get back in the game, set new goals, and move out smartly.

It doesn't matter which path you take. You've done some incredible things in the past, so no doubt the future has some excitement in store for you.

Your military installation provides lots of valuable resources for either path. Many branches of service have Spouse Tuition Assistance Programs available. If you're a Military Spouse that just happens to work for a civilian employer, check out your company website to see what programs might benefit you.

Here's a list of "cool tools" designed to help you:

Scholarships and GI Bill 2.0:

Fastweb has all kinds of scholarships

Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011

Department of Veteran's Affairs information on education resources

G.I. Bill 2.0

Post 9-11 G.I. Bill Transferability Act

Self-Employed helpful websites:

Kickstarter might be able to help fund your creative project

Military Spouse Employment websites:

U.S. Department of Labor

Employment Readiness Program (find a program like this at your military installation)