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: Jacqueline LaFevers
Years as a military spouse: 1
Tell us your profession:
I am an offshore facilities engineer for Shell Exploration & Production. I provide daily technical support to operations on a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
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?
I work on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico for two weeks at a time and then I fly back home to San Diego for the next two weeks. It’s a 14-day rotation schedule.
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
I love the ocean views every day and getting to be hands-on.
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
Job fair at my school (Penn State University)
How do you feel about failure?
Everyone falls down sometimes but that doesn’t mean it has to be defined as failure. Every stumble teaches you a lesson and will make you stronger.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
The extra sacrifice to “make it work.” Due to our relocation to San Diego, I have to commute across the country to go to work for my two-week hitch.
What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received? Tell us the worst too, while you’re at it.
Best: Work hard and follow your passion
Worst: Do what pays a lot of money
Who is in your support squad?
My husband has been supportive and encouraging since the time when we were in college. He’s been with me every step of the way in my career and always stands behind me with whatever I want to do. He’s been very understanding of my current job situation.
I also have to give it to my parents who always pushed me to do well at school and follow my dreams.
Also can’t leave out my study buddies and mentors along the way.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
Yes, considering I am not home half of the time!
When I am home, I try to pick up most of the chores since he has to do it the other two weeks when I am not home. We have a dog as well so he can be pretty demanding.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week.
A planner and to-do lists
What’s your favorite app for making the most of your day?
What’s your must-have song on your productivity playlist?
Thunder, Imagine Dragons
If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do?
Spend it with my husband and dog
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?
I love Harry Potter so if I could just do magic, that would be amazing.