“Maybe the Perfect Job for You Is Not What You Studied or What You Think.”

Military Spouses Who Work It: Lissette Carmona, Crisis Counselor

NextGen MilSpouse is going beyond traditional career tips and tricks for military spouses! We are sharing the real stories of working military spouses (just like you!) and their professional success stories on Wednesdays. 

Military Spouses Who Work It: Lissette Carmona, Crisis Counselor

Name: Lissette Carmona

Years as a military spouse: 7

Tell us your job title/profession:

I am a doctor in psychology but I work as a crisis counselor for crisis help lines based in New York.

Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?

Full time

How long have you been working in this career field?

4 years

Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?

From home

How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.

We were stationed in New York and I found this position posted on the internet. I applied and a month later got the position. I started as a crisis counselor working at the office, few months later became a supervisor and then due to a PCS I resigned from the supervisor position and continued as a crisis counselor working from home.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?

I can’t work in psychology due to the licensing requirements in each state. I had to settle for a master’s degree position in order to have a job that I can “carry” with each PCS.

Tell us one thing you love about your job.

It’s from home which gives me time to take care of the house. I also save the commute time for my family.

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Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:

Take time for myself. I have a weekday (Wednesday) off. That day I usually take care of myself and do things I like or don’t do anything at all.

Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?

Not at all. I do everything. I have tried to get my spouse to help for few things but the reality is that I have more time to do house chores.

If you have children, how do you and your spouse or partner split parenting responsibilities?

My spouse helps with the child. She takes the baby to daycare in the morning and takes care of her on the weekends that I need to work.

Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without:

Phone

What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?

Be patient. Go outside your comfort zone. Maybe the perfect job for you is not what you studied or what you think. As everything else in the military life, we compromise and maybe the perfect job for you is something that you have never done before.

Are you a working military spouse? Do you want to share your career tips and tricks? Fill out the MilSpouses Who Work It Q&A today. Click here to complete our form. 

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