“Think Outside the Box. You May Not Find Any Opportunities for the Specific Job You Want But Maybe You Can Find Something in the Industry.”

Military Spouses Who Work It: Amanda Thompson, Events Manager

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: Amanda Thompson, Events Manager

Name: Amanda Thompson

Years as a military spouse: 1.5 years

Tell us your hustle (read: your job title):

Currently I am Events Manager at the USS Midway Museum

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

Full time

How long has this been your job?

5 months

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

In an office on an aircraft carrier!

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

I met my husband while working as a historian at Pearl Harbor for the National Park Service. When we got married and PCS’d I was really scared about leaving my dream job that I absolutely love. Fortunately, I had many networking connections in the military museum community.

The week after we moved to San Diego, I emailed the CEO of the USS Midway so he could get to know me and maybe offer some job opportunities he knew of. He was ecstatic about my resume but didn’t have any positions open.

As luck would have it, he called a week later as one of the Event Managers was moving and he wanted me for the job!

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

The biggest challenge I have had was to give up my dream job. Working for the National Park Service at Pearl Harbor was not only fulfilling but I was moving up and really respected in the field. I was scared (and still am) that I will never find something as fulfilling.

Tell us one thing you love about your job:

I love that I am very good at networking. I love to learn about people and share with them my passion. People seem to pick up how much I love what I do quickly so they are always eager to help!

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

I am a BIG fan of to-do lists! I write everything down that I need to do. I constantly have a running grocery list, what needs to be done at home and what I need to do at work. It keeps me organized and I love checking things off the list.

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

Currently my husband is deployed so it’s all about me running the household. When he is home, we love to split tasks and do things together. One of the things we can’t agree on is who cleans the bathroom!

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

My phone!

Favorite app for making the most of your day:

Notes

Must-have song on your productivity playlist:

I’m all about country music!

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

Think outside the box. You may not find any opportunities for the specific job you want but maybe you can find something in the industry. Many employers like to diversity if it can relate back to what you are applying for. You may even find something you love to do by trying something new!

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. 

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