Compared to the death-defying jobs of Felix Baumgartner and Jeb Corliss (whom I referenced in a previous blog), the majority of all other professions seem rather unexciting and dull.
While I can honestly state that I would never want any part of my career to involve breaking the speed of sound in a free fall or flying without two big engines and a pilot, I do enjoy a little variety and excitement in my job.
Yet, I wouldn’t be a good career coach if I didn’t acknowledge that not everyone finds the things I enjoy exciting (i.e. researching the latest job trends, finding the hidden job market and evaluating the impact of personality on career paths). What one person finds exciting may be a great cure for insomnia for someone else.What’s frustrating to observe though, is that more military spouses are resigning themselves to jobs that they are told will be great for them when they are actually overqualified and underpaid.
Google’s sometimes quirky/sometimes helpful AutoComplete function, which uses a complex, techy algorithm based on popular search terms, provides suggestions of what you might be searching for based on the first words you type in the search bar.
When I entered “My Career is” into the Google search bar, I was immediately given the following suggested popular searches:
While certainly not a scientific study, these results bring up a rather interesting point. It seems like a lot of people out there—military spouse or not—are downright miserable in their careers.
If so many people are unhappy in their professions, how can milspouses (who have the added obstacles of perpetual PCSing, unpredictable schedules and unspoken biases) ever hope to develop a career that is anything but mind-numbing?
By using some of the very skills we develop as a result of this lifestyle, such as:
I have become an advocate for teaching military spouses how to transfer the resilience they’ve naturally developed while coping with the military lifestyle into their career development. The key is just not giving up. If you can make it through deployments, countless moves and the uncertainty of life overall, you most certainly can keep working toward your career goals.
I am amazed at the entrepreneurial and innovative nature of military spouses. We are a creative bunch! Once again, we have to learn to apply this skill to our career progression.
Cool as a Cucumber
For those of you who struggle with this skill, consider the last crisis that you were able to avert. How did you handle it? What could you improve for next time? How could those skills help you in a work situation?
OoVoo, Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts…you name it, we know it. When it comes to the various ways to connect, we are on top of it. One outgrowth of the frequent separations from our military member is that we’ve become really good at finding new technologies to stay close in spite of the distance. This great skill is such a wonderful asset to companies.
These are just a few of many qualities that can help us to overcome the boring career blues. What skills do you have as a result of the military lifestyle?