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: Candace Jensen
Tell us your job title/profession:
Administrative Assistant in the Information Technology Department at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso.
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?
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
The hours are predictable and weekends are free so you have plenty of family time. Not to mention paid time off and holidays.
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
I served as an Admin Assistant in the US Army for 10 years.
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Don’t think that just because you’re a military spouse, that you’re automatically entitled to or qualified for anything.
How do you feel about failure?
Failure isn’t an option. You either find a way or make one yourself.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
You just have to remember that you’re at the mercy of your spouse’s career. Yours is important, too, but it still comes secondary to the government.
Who is in your support squad and what role do they play in supporting your career?
My spouse and my sister. They believe in me, whatever I want to do.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
We do. There isn’t a set task list. We just decide what needs to be done and divide and conquer.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week.
Just don’t put everything off until last minute. Even if it’s one tiny thing, it will save you time in the long run if you keep up with it.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without that isn’t your phone.
Probably my Kindle. When I need to just relax, I read.
Favorite app for making the most of your day?
Snapchat. My husband and I are such dorks with our snaps.
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
Panic at the Disco – Miss Jackson (feat. LOLO)
If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do with it?
Probably sleep. Or get an extra hour of Netflix in.
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?
Healing all those who are in pain