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: Juliette Ramberg de Ruyter
Years as a military spouse:
Tell us your job title/profession:
Program Associate – one of the most mysterious job titles in the world.
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
I am working part-time right now which gives me time to focus on professional development and my side projects. I love the dynamicity!
How long have you been working in this career field?
I am new in the realm of diplomacy but I came in strong due to my professional background and passion for international relations.
Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?
I work in an office in San Diego with occasional meetings and events out in town. The job entails a lot of socializing and networking so I rarely feel chained to my desk.
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
I do excessive research on foreign policy issues and international affairs personally and professionally. At work, I get to engage with these topics in many ways by working with hundreds of influential government officials, legislators, professionals, activists and civic leaders.
I am in the front row of foreign affairs and diplomacy on a daily basis which is a very empowering and enriching experience.
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
As a new immigrant in the United States, I started looking for internships as a way of adjusting to the American business world. I have worked in other countries prior to moving to the U.S. so I know it takes time to learn and build that confidence in a new environment. I mean, even the keyboards are different! After a few days of searching I landed an internship. I was offered a job at that office about one month later.
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Make an impression prior to applying for the job. If you are scouting jobs in retail or the service industry I would suggest you to go visit the place. If you are into a specific organization – go to one of their events and introduce yourself. HR people get tons of resumes, your chances of them remembering you are small. Do the extra work!
How do you feel about failure?
Rare. But necessary.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
I’m the one who needs advice on this topic! This is our first station meaning the challenge of maintaining my career is still ahead of me. The military world is filled with “what ifs.” I try to stay flexible and avoid solidifying my dreams too much. I try to remind myself that everything can change overnight.
What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received? Tell us the worst too, while you’re at it.
The best: “Be yourself.”
SUPER cheesy but job hunting is really like dating.
The worst: “It’ll work itself out.”
Nope, you have to own your life!
Who is in your support squad and what role do they play in supporting your career?
My husband is definitely my number one supporter. Our professional passions kind of overlap at times, making him a great source for ideas and advice.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
Absolutely. I tried to do it all for a while and felt exhausted!
We try to do most of the household tasks together on weekends so that we at least suffer together.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week.
A synchronized calendar between my husband and me. This helps us keep track on each other’s commitments and events. So unromantic, yet very helpful since I expect him to ask me how my dentist appointment went. It works!!
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without that isn’t your phone:
Definitely my laptop. I bring it everywhere.
What’s your favorite app for making the most of your day?
Spotify. I often listen to music when I power through my inbox.
What’s your must-have song on your productivity playlist?
Sander van Doom – Ori Tali Ma (LVNDSCAPE Remix)
Do you need a productivity playlist? Try NextGen MilSpouse’s Ultimate Work Motivation Mix on Spotify.
If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do with it?
Swedish crossword puzzles – it is very relaxing and helps me keep up with my Swedish. My mom sends them to me in the mail. She’s such a sweetheart.
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?
Something involving flying very fast. I love traveling.