Free Training: Virtual Military Spouse Symposium

 
 
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Check it out!! I am so excited to share this resource with you! As a military spouse, one common struggle I hear and can 100% relate to is having, keeping, maintaining a career, a resume….and sometimes, an identity.

Having a semi-full-on “adult life” prior to meeting my husband - a career I was proud of, a job I loved, a home in an area I enjoyed spending time - I thought I was pretty much settled and knew the trajectory of where I was going and what I was doing.

HA!

Within the past several years, we moved to England, we moved to Florida (temporarily), we moved to Utah, and we are moving again this summer. Don’t get me wrong, it has been an amazing experience having the ability to travel, see the world, explore the country, see things we otherwise wouldn’t have, and meet amazing people.

Admittedly, the toughest thing in all of these moves (specifically, pre-kids) was finding a job that was both in my area of expertise and fulfilling. Pre-husband, I had worked extremely hard to get to where I was, I relocated 3 times in 4 years for promotions, pursued a grad degree, and finally felt that feeling of accomplishment with my career and excitement with the direction I was heading.

After getting married, resigning from my position, moving to England to be with my husband and then returning from overseas, I had an extremely difficult time finding a position that fit the bill — heck, I had an extremely difficult time being considered for a position and getting an interview! What the heck!?

After over 50 job applications, getting one interview that someone else was chosen for, I quit. I gave up. I was deflated, I was depressed and I was hopeless. When I was unable to garner a position within a year of applying, I felt like I lost my identity, I lost my drive and I lost confidence in my abilities.

Here is the thing… eventually, we have to pick ourselves up, we can’t wallow in the darkness of feeling like we’ve lost our identity because we’ve give up our careers time and time again. We have to take action, learn from these experiences and channel that energy into finding a way.

Instead of continuously applying for jobs, I began to research.

I wanted to figure out what I could do better, and more pointedly, looking for military spouse-related resources because SURELY, I was not alone in this journey.

I certainly was not alone, and I found quite a few great opportunities, those in which I will continue to share in this type of forum.

 

The first thing I came upon that really helped me rediscover my motivation was a live webinar with Kathryn Troutman. I had no idea who she was at the time I signed up, but the webinar was designed to help military spouses successfully apply for government jobs. After a great experience with the webinar, I purchased Kathryn Troutman’s book, it’s called The Stars Are Lined Up for Military Spouses. This is really helpful for those of us wanting to pursue government positions. I will go in more detail about this in another post. The short of it, this webinar opened the doors to more information and opportunities.

The next thing I discovered, which is what I’m really excited to share with you today was the website, Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO). This website has a ton of great information, it offers career exploration tools; a section on career, training & licensing; info on employment readiness; as well as, career connections.

SECO is the host of the Virtual Military Spouse Symposium. I remember thinking, ‘What the heck is a symposium,’ I assumed it was an online conference of some sort, so I took a closer look.

Free training to help with the exact issues I was facing — yes, please!

This year, 2019’s Symposium is a 2-day spread of awesome information from April 24-25, 2019. You can pick and choose the areas in which interest you and make a personalized agenda with the time slots to add to your calendar.

Here are some of the topics:

Job Searching from Anywhere in the World
Building Toward your Dream Career
Your Resume: Presenting Your Whole Story
How to Ace Your Next Interview
Know Your Worth: How to Negotiate Your Perfect Fit
Leverage Your Network: From the Experts at LinkedIn
Online Job Fair Preview: Plan Your Job Fair Experience
Creating The Healthy Brand Called You: Your Brand, Your Wellness

A highly encourage military spouses, no matter where you are on your journey, to make time to attend at least one of these talks. Whether for professional development or just to see what’s out there, this is being offered for you at no cost, except for your time, which I know very well is valuable. I can almost promise you, you won’t be disappointed about taking this little bit of time for yourself and potentially for your future.

Go to MySECO and sign up for the Virtual Military Spouse Symposium

Rachael Meyer