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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: David Lucas
Years as a military spouse: 10
Tell us your job title/profession: Senior Accountant
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?
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
Lots and lots of interviews.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
Having to find a new job every time we move or the difficulty of finding one in an OCONUS position.
Tell us one thing you love about your job:
I love how transferrable the skills are and working with numbers.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:
Always take a break during the day out of my office and away from my desk to give my mind a chance to relax.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
Usually I do all of the household tasks because even though I’m working she usually gets home later than I do.
If you have children, how do you and your spouse or partner split parenting responsibilities?
I assume most parenting responsibilities as she is already gone when the kid wakes up and is home after dinner is made.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
Tablet to read
Favorite app for making the most of your day?
Must-have song on your productivity playlist:
Slipknot – Killpop
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Get as many interviews as you can. And go into every job knowing you won’t be there long so use it as a way to further hone your skills.
In addition, try to avoid answering the “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” question with any reference to the military as this will just be held against you.