MSEJ August 2018 - Page 18

Meet Liz:

Liz stumbled into her current career while working as a trivia host. She knew she wanted to work with children but didn’t know how to turn her interests into a career. Then she met a friend who worked as an applied behavioral analyst. Liz interviewed for the same position and was hired shortly thereafter. Within a month, she knew this was the career she’d been searching for.

Of course, Liz’s career isn’t immune to the challenges of military life; after one PCS move she

was unable to find employment in her field, so she took a job as a full-time nanny.

Despite this challenge, Liz feels that the constant changes that accompany military life allow her to share her gifts with even more people. She used the GI Bill to earn her Master’s degree without accumulating massive debt, and that will only help her career (and finances) in the future.

Liz’s Advice:

1. Don’t be afraid to use the benefits available through the military to grow and further your career. Look for resources, they are out there.

2. You’re going to make career sacrifices as a military spouse but try to find the give and take. Try to find the balance.

As military spouses, we become adept at juggling challenges and making the best of a new situation. But it’s important to remember that who you are and what you want for yourself should still be a priority on the list. A successful career isn’t something that should be limited to civilians and service members. You deserve to live a life filled with personal and professional fulfillment. If you’re currently wondering how to make your career dreams a reality, or how to push your current skills even further, contact us at MSCCN. We’re here today—and the next day too.

Get Involved:

Are you a military spouse who has built a successful career despite this military life (and your status as a non-magical unicorn)? Reach out to us at MSCCN. We would love to profile you for a future issues of the MSEJ.

Don’t be afraid to use the benefits available through the military to grow and further your career. Look for resources, they are out there.

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