Military Spouse Spotlight

We often hear from military spouses that the best career advice they receive is from other military spouses. Below is just a sample of some of the recent great submissions we have received. These spouses share their stories and offer sound career advice for other military spouses. Their experiences may inspire you in your own career.

If you are a military spouse with stellar career advice, please share your story.

“The No. 1 thing I would suggest to a military spouse trying to establish their career path is to remind them of the phrase, 'You never know if you don't try.' When you decide on the career, go after it and do not settle for less, but also do not be afraid to try something new; you never know what you might end up loving. Also, when you finally land that career, ask the hard questions about flexibility, work-from-home options, benefits and salary. Lastly, keep your job informed about your military lifestyle. I have found that the more information I give my company, the more flexibility they have given me and will even let me telecommute at the next duty station.” –Navy spouse Elizabeth Shaw, Washington, D.C., Federal Grassroots manager for the American College of Cardiology.

“Taking care of your family, especially when you are a military spouse, is paramount. There are unique challenges that military spouses face, such as facing deployments and numerous moves over the course of your marriage and career. Along with that, it's important to take care of yourself. Find a supportive network, both personally and professionally, that can help you reach your goals. There are so many ways to contribute to society and your community. Military spouses are some of the most talented, flexible individuals out there! Employers would be lucky to have you! Seek out career opportunities where your unique talents are valued!” –Air Force spouse Stephanie DiPaolo, Woodbridge, Virginia, administrative specialist for Military Spouse Employment Partnership company Zeiders Enterprises.

“The best advice that I can give to a military spouse who is working to establish a career path is to make sure you always put you and your family first. Work-life balance is very important. Also, go for what you absolutely feel most passionate about! Be a self-motivator and always remind yourself that you got this far – you can conquer the world.” –Army spouse Casi Severson, Wayne, Pennsylvania, management trainee for Military Spouse Employment Partnership company Enterprise Holdings.

“Military spouses who want to establish a career path must be willing to accept help. So often, we find ourselves alone – far from family and friends – and then we have to forge our own paths. This is not the case. There are so many resources available to military spouses (Institute for Veterans and Military Families programs, MOAA events, Rosie Network, Spouse Education and Career Opportunities) that can point you in the right direction and arm you with the tools you need to be successful. Take advantage of these!” –Marine Corps spouse Jennifer Goodale, Camp Pendleton, California, contractor for the Military Spouse Employment Partnership organization Military Officers Association of America in the Military Family Initiative & Spouse Programs Support.

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