It's that time of year again! Time to celebrate our independence and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans!

The sound of a marching band at a parade adds to the excitement. The smell of the barbeque makes your mouth water. The sight of friends & family arriving makes the celebration an event to remember. Let the celebration begin!

This time of year brings a time of transition too! Many Military Spouses move during the summer months. This makes you free to choose a new job!

Unlike the Military Spouse, the Uniformed Spouse typically has a somewhat pre-determined career track. Based on the military occupation code, rating, or a Military Occupational Specialty code (MOS) for their branch of service, the job and job description is pretty straight forward. (i.e. 13F - Fire Support Specialist in the Army, AM - Aviation Structural Mechanic in the Navy. 1A7X1 - Aerial Gunner in the Air Force, 0911 - Drill Instructor in the Marines, or BM - Boatswain's Mate in the Coast Guard) In other words, what a Uniformed Spouse does for a living is spelled out pretty clearly no matter where you're stationed. The needs of the military dictate the next job change.

But, as a Military Spouse, your job or career field may not be so specific, permanent, and planned. You may be forced to move all of a sudden and take on a new or different kind of job or career. When it's time to move or retire, the Uniformed Spouse has orders in hand and usually knows exactly what their next job will be. As a result of this, the Military Spouse may end up taking a job doing something that's totally familiar or maybe you'll venture into the unknown.

If it's time for you to choose a new job or new career, all Military Spouses need lots of planning and preparation before making a job or career move.

Choosing a New Job

Maybe you love the type of work you do. For you, it's not a job; it's a calling or vocation. When the times comes for you to PCS or retire, there's no doubt as to what your work situation will look like. You'll simply find a new job doing the same thing you've already done before. And, you'll enjoy it!

Choosing a New Career

Maybe it's time for a change. For you, the excitement is gone and you need a fresh start. Maybe the location you're moving to has little to offer in your chosen career field. You view the next PCS move or retirement as a chance to launch a totally new career. You have no fear of the unknown when it comes to trying something new career-wise. You look forward to a new career adventure!

Whether you're looking for a new job or a new career, careful consideration must be taken.

Fourth of July Challenge

In the spirit of observing and celebrating our nation's independence, I'd like to issue you a challenge.

Sometime after your holiday celebration, after the last of the fireworks fade into the darkness, take a moment and observe what's going on around you at work. Is it time for a new job or career? What will your next job or career look like?

A few more questions to consider:

Why do I want to change jobs or careers?

If the change happened tomorrow, would I be ready?

Do I have a plan for resumes, interviews, etc.?

Have I achieved everything I wanted to in this job/career?

Am I hanging out with people who just want to get by when I know I want more out of my job/career?

What do the job/career opportunities look like in the city I'm moving to?

Have I taken the time to speak with someone who works in the job/career and I've chosen?

And finally, here's what I like to call THE BIG 3 QUESTIONS:

What do I want? When do I want it? What am I willing to give up in order to get it?

You have the freedom to choose a new job or new career! With the right amount of soul-searching, preparation, and action, you'll find the job or career of your dreams!

New Member
Like you said, moving is a great time to be introspective about what you're really good at. I've heard so many stories of people leaving one station and falling into a new career altogether like consulting that they can take with them anywhere.
Chazz Pratt
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Great point KK_25! A career that has some portability and "plug & play" attributes makes it easier to maintain or regain your chosen profession. Stay tuned for some blog articles featuring a few people who did just that.
Occasional Visitor
This article is very enlightening and inspiring. I chose to return to school to get a degree in a new field. Yet, after graduation, I am finding it hard to find employment. It is already a tough job market. So when potential employers find out I will most likely be leaving the area in a few years, it seems as if they don't want to invest time in training someone they KNOW will leave soon. How can I counteract this way of thinking? I actually had someone ask me in a job interview how long I planned on being there if I got the job. Can they ask that? What kind of advice would you give a civilian spouse whose resume is spotted with different employers because I have had to move every three years. I makes me look bad. There are no points or preferences for spouses of active duty members.
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Community Manager

LH11 not sure why I'm just seeing this and I thought I answered this when you originally posted. My apololgies!


Your best bet on this might be to do a few things:


* Beef up your list of Professional References. Make sure they call and hear first-hand what value you bring.


* See if your particular career field allows for working remotely, or consider some role that might allow you to take the job with you when you move.


* If you haven't done so already, retrace your steps with previous employers and get a Letter of Recommendation. Make sure it says something about you having a mandatory move and at the same time shows your accomplishments and the short period of time you were able to get things done.


* Do an internet search on "Illegal Interview Questions". That will tell you what they can or can't ask. However, if you're trying to get the job, you may wish to kindly correct whomever asks you a question they shouldn't ask. They may be a "fill-in", inexperienced, or not dialed in. I've been asked plenty of "Illegal" interview questions and usually find the whole experience better if I remain calm, give them the benefit of the doubt, and move on to why I'm the right person for the job. No employer want trouble and focusing on the illegal question might steer you away from the chances of getting a job. That said, you might encounter some illegal question that's just wrong and intended. Then that's a whole different story. I guess we all have choices on how we choose to respond.


* As far a Spouse Preference, you may wish to check out this article: . You may also check with DoD for specifics and any updates that may have happened. 


All the best in your career!

Super Mom 3000
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What a timely article for me. I love thinking what's next. :)