I have had the pleasure of serving as the Executive Director of In Gear Career for just over a year now. I have been absolutely mind-blowingly amazed at the talent, creativity and just plain grit I’ve found in this community of career-minded Military Spouses.
Here are a few things I’ve learned on this journey:
- For a good number of military spouses, traditional programs aren’t a good fit. Many do great work and serve a wonderful purpose, but with daytime events, career-minded Military Spouses can’t make it work.
- Traditional employment services for Military Spouse also leave something to be desired. Again, many do good work, but with a focus on entry-level and hourly positions, Spouses looking to maintain positive career progression aren’t likely to find much benefit from the job boards and “click here” websites most programs encourage.
- Networking works. Technology is great, but we really encourage as much in –person networking as you can manage. Haven’t you said a million times, “I know I could get the job if I could just talk to a person!” So talk. Talk to everyone about your professional goals and let your network work for you.
If numbers one and two above speak to you, In Gear Career is what you’re looking for. I don’t have a magic answer that will make appropriate jobs appear in all of your duty stations, and I can’t guarantee you the job search will become easy. What I can offer is a community of career-minded Military Spouses who are willing to fight WITH you and FOR you to make your career goals attainable.
I can promise you that our chapters will work to make connections in your community to create and maintain a living-breathing network of professional contacts that may just lead you to your next employer. A network that will last longer than the tenure of any one Military Spouse.
Looking back now I realize I shouldn’t have been surprised at the talent, creativity and grit I found in the Military Spouse community —why wouldn’t the best and brightest of today’s military marry partners that equal them in intelligence, resiliency and drive?
Amanda Patterson Crowe
In Gear Career