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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: Amber Schafer
Years as a military spouse: 5
Tell us your job title/profession:
District sales manager for Prysmian Group, the world’s largest cable manufacturer. I manage $65musd annually in sales for a 10 states.
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
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?
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
Resume. When my husband got stationed at Fort Jackson I applied for anything and everything I was remotely qualified for.
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What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
Starting over every move. I’ve now found an employer willing to keep me no matter where in the world we move.
Tell us one thing you love about your job:
I love that it allows me the flexibility to be home on days my husband is home and I no longer fear the PCS.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:
Keeping balance, no one aspect of your life can get all the attention or one of the other portions will suffer.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
Yes we divide and conquer. We each do whatever we can to help.
If you have children, how do you and your spouse or partner split parenting responsibilities?
Again, we both do whatever we can. When one parent is gone, the other parent does it all. When we are both home, we split things up. It’s not rigid. It’s very fluid.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
iPhone. It allows me to work while doing other things. I’m not stuck in front of a computer all day.
Favorite app for making the most of your day?
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
Rich – Kirko bangz
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Be open-minded. Don’t pigeonhole yourself. Know your strengths as a person and translate those into job strengths. I’m great with people and I love helping people through situations, so that’s lead me to property management, paralegal and now electrical manufacturing. On paper it doesn’t look like it would work but it does!