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: Julie Kieselburg
Years as a military spouse: 4
Tell us your job title/profession:
Real Property Law, Paralegal
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
How long have you been working in this career field?
Just 3 months
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How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
I worked in banking for a few years and really used that job to “network” myself. I was able to meet a lot of wonderful people. When a customer needed a new paralegal, him and his team knew I would be the perfect fit.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
I think as with any military couple, planning vacations or just a nice long weekend is very difficult. Not only is it hard to predict when my husband will have some time off but it has to work with my schedule as well.
Tell us one thing you love about your job:
I love that I am finally working in the field I want to be in. I can finally start my career.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:
Communication! It’s key. Writing everything down as well, because we both get so busy. It’s so easy to forget all that needs to get done.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
We make a really good team. On days he is off he is always helping me around the house, cooking and cleaning. He is the grill master! So I love when he grills us up some steaks or burgers on the weekends.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
My phone! It is my communication with my husband and my job.
Favorite app for making the most of your day?
My running app. Tracks my distance and calories burned.
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
I am loving Bruno Mars new hit, 24K Magic. I have that on repeat right now.
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
I always let people know I am very eager to learn all that I can. Always show up on time (that means 5 minutes early), that says a lot about you. Show them you’re serious and passionate about this job. My favorite saying is “Bloom where you are planted,” always do your best not matter what you’re doing. People will remember that you always give 100%.