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: Melissa Rogers
Years as a military spouse:
Tell us your job title/profession:
I am the owner and creator of Modified by Melissa, a professional organizing business.
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?
Office is at home and sessions are performed in clients’ homes
Tell us one thing you love about your job.
I love helping my clients create beautiful and functional spaces; and helping them to relieve themselves from the stress of clutter.
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
I was looking for a new career path when we moved to San Antonio and I always liked the idea of being my own boss. A family friend mentioned how wonderful they thought I was at helping others declutter and re-organize their spaces.
The light bulb clicked and I went to work!
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Don’t settle for a job because you think it’s the only thing you’re going to get. If you can’t find a job that satisfies you, create one!
How do you feel about failure?
I don’t think anyone “likes” failure but I know I definitely grow from it every time it happens.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
Being fulfilled and feeling like I’m doing what “I’m meant to” be doing.
What is the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received? Tell us the worst too, while you’re at it.
The best piece of career advice I’ve ever received is to apply for every and any job that I’m interested in, even if I don’t meet the qualifications. You never know who else is applying for the position and you may just happen to be the MOST qualified candidate. I have gotten a few jobs with this mentality!
Worst advice I’ve received was to apply for an entry level job for a position I already had a ton of experience with. I shouldn’t have to start at the bottom time and time again!
Who is in your support squad and what role do they play in supporting your career?
My support squad is diverse! My family has been amazing at encouraging me and reminding me that I’m brave for starting my own business. I couldn’t do it without them!
My husband has a very different mindset than I do about most things, so I love using him as a sounding board for ideas and suggestions. It helps me to get outside of my head.
And I’m lucky enough to have some wonderful friends who build me up and show their pride by sharing my blog posts and other things on their social media. It’s pretty amazing!
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
We do split tasks! It just depends on our schedules really. If a week is more hectic for him or for me, we switch up tasks. But he always rocks the cooking and dish cleaning because I’m terrible at cooking and despise those dirty dishes! I’m thankful for my team player!
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week.
My “hack” for saving time is honestly just making a list of my to-do’s. Referencing that list often, ensures I stay focused and accomplish what needs to be done.
If you had an extra hour in your day, what would you do with it?
More paper crafting! I always WANT to work more on my scrapbooking projects, but I just can’t seem to make the time for it.
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power?
Hearing noises from miles away! I’m always asking my husband if he “hears that” and he just looks at me like I’m crazy!