Time in service might be over, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that moving and starting over is too. It’s estimated that veterans will move at least twice once they’ve exited the military, and if you’re a mil spouse, that means you’re moving right along with them.
Many service members and their spouses are unable to address such professional challenges as their own bosses; instead, they are forced to endure economic hardship, personal and professional insult, and unable to experience the American Dream they have sacrificially invested years of lives protecting. When service defending our country’s freedoms destroys the opportunity to pursue professional futures experienced by members outside the military community, a massive cancer is present in our current society. This means that when a Service Member hands in his/her paperwork for an ETS, the future of his/her family is also uncertain.
A practical solution for this is for mil spouses to consider working toward portable career options that can be flexible and move with the Service Member as the transition becomes permanent and complete.
Consider these portable career options:
customer service/ support
editorial and content writing
Keep an open mind
Research careers with high growth or high demand. Figure out a career path that is going to grow with you, not hold you back. Find out the average salary for the career and make sure it is something you are comfortable with. Network with those already in the career field and ask them any questions you may have. Speak with a career or college counselor for more guidance. Speaking of college…
An excellent career starts with a good education.
If military spouses aren’t set on their career path just yet, a proper consideration would to start or continue their education.
Use your network
Go through your list and see who you could reach out to for opportunities. Connect with alumni. Join groups on social media or a mailing list to help get contact information and make that initial introduction. Growing your network will only improve your chances of employment or at least help you get a little bit farther in your job search.
Research the Rules
If any licenses or certificates are necessary to maintain your career, look into the ease of transfer. Some states will allow either temporary licensure or an expedited process into obtaining a new license. Also, there are specific rules you must abide by when you conduct business if you’re in military housing or on a military installation. Be sure to read up and follow their guidance.
Consider being your own boss
The formal word for this is “independent contractor.”An independent contractor allows military spouses to have the freedom and flexibility to adapt to military life. Being self-employed allows you to set your own hours and work for yourself. This may be a path to consider for military spouses with the entrepreneurial spirit.