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!
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