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: Rebecca Alwine
Years as a military spouse:
Tell us your profession:
Freelance Writer and Social Media Director for PCSgrades
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
Freelance, including a part-time
How long have you been working in this career field?
Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?
I currently work from my bedroom/office.
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
I absolutely love telling other people’s stories, and making a difference in the lives of those who read them.
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
A friend, who was an editor, took a chance on me. The rest was a combination of hard work, networking and luck.
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Don’t rule out anything. Consider all options, even though it may not be the exact job you’re looking for.
How do you feel about failure?
It’s inevitable. It’s how you react to failure that defines you.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
The biggest challenge is the military community itself. Outside of the community, I’m an accomplished writer. Inside, I’m an enlisted spouse.
It feels like no one takes me seriously, despite my portfolio and accomplishments. Oh, and that paycheck I earn, all on my own.
What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received? Tell us the worst too, while you’re at it.
Best – You have absolutely nothing to lose by trying. You have everything to lose by not trying.
Worst – Don’t bother applying for that, you’re going to move soon.
Who is in your support squad?
In the past, my support squad has consisted of amazing child care providers, my spouse and my children.
While it isn’t easy to have two parents working, my children are amazingly resilient and helpful when it comes to those times I have to work and they are home. My parents and in-laws are also very supportive and willing to help with child care whenever possible.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
We split household tasks as much as possible depending on his current position.
Last year, I did the majority of the tasks, as his work hours were very long and high stress. This year, he’s home more and able to take more on.
I’ve also been known to outsource household chores as much as possible, thank you Walmart grocery pickup!
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week.
Going to the gym is a must for my sanity.
And as for saving time, I haven’t quite figured that one out yet. But I do manage to get quite a bit done in the mornings before anyone else gets up.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without that isn’t your phone.
Alexa – she helps keep me straight, play my favorite tunes and entertains me with jokes.
What’s your favorite app for making the most of your day?
It feels like everyone uses a different app! I like Basecamp and am learning to tolerate Trello. But I am still on the hunt for my favorite.
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
I’m not really a music person, but I do like a good Sousa march to get me motivated.
If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do?
Read a book!
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?
Teleportation. I would love to go more places, but be home for dinner.