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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.
Name: Halley Little
Years as a military spouse: Married in 2014, but together since 2002. (Those scary DADT days.)
Tell us your job title/profession:
Librarian at Sierra College and American River College in Sacramento, Calif. I have a master’s degree in Information and Library Science from Valdosta State University.
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
How long have you been working in this career field?
Six years in libraries, but only 2 1/2 as a professional librarian.
Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
Sometimes you just need a person to take a chance on you.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
The uncertainty of where we will be in a year (or even the next 6 months) makes planning a career path much more difficult. Whenever I have spent enough time “paying my dues” and am given opportunities to advance, it seems like it is time for us to move again.
Every duty station is starting over. Constantly proving myself to new employers is frustrating.
Tell us one thing you love about your job:
I love being an academic librarian! I’m a naturally inquisitive person, so I love helping students with different assignments everyday. It never gets boring because we are constantly learning. Teaching students how to conduct research is very satisfying.
Being an academic librarian has a lot of perks! My schedule changes every semester, which is very handy since my spouse’s shop has a rotating schedule. Since we are on an academic calendar, I get most of the summer and all holidays off. Then there is the whole “no late fees” thing.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:
Every Sunday we meal plan and buy groceries for the week. That way it is clear who is making what dish on which day. If it weren’t for this method we would constantly eat out.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
We play to our strengths at our house. My wife is much better with finances and timelines than I am, so she pays the bills and schedules appointments. I do the day-to-day tasks that keep the house running, like laundry and packing lunches.
There are plenty of cooperative tasks around the house as well. We take turns cooking and work together to do the dishes. Yard work is usually a two-woman job as well.
If you have children, how do you and your spouse or partner split parenting responsibilities?
That’s easy when you just have furbabies.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without: Smartphone
Favorite app for making the most of your day? Google Calendar
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
“Wanna Be” by Spice Girls (Best song to clean to!)
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Network! You never know who is going to help pave the way to your next position.