Post # 1
Ooops, I actually typed that in Gerard Butler’s voice. In case you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about, watch this. You will not be disappointed:
Anyway, I’m just curious to see what some of you ladies do for a living, and how does that work out with the unpredictable military lifestyle? Also, what level of education do you need to obtain your job?
I’m trying to weigh my options, and your input would be grately appreciated!
Post # 3
Master CosmetologistSkin Care Specialist.
2 years of school
I can make my own hours in almost any salonspa
My license is easily transfered to any state because the one I recieved my license in requires the most amount of hours than any other state, so I dont have to go back to school to get more hours to hold a license.
Lots of places to work
I can work on post and make a lot of money at the PX- more than I would starting out in a new salon.
CONS: your paychecks can be really unpredictable until you have a good clientel following.
buying your own equipment and products for your skin care line is EXPENSIVE!!! (you wont always have to do this, some places already have a set up for you!)
Post # 4
I’m an admin/receptionist for the Fleet and Family Readiness program for the Navy. It’s awesome because there is a Fleet and Family near just about every base, so fingers crossed that when we PCS I can keep my job! It also pays verrrry well and I think it requires two years of college and prior customer service/admin experience. I’ve learned so much about the Navy through working here too, which is nice because now I have an idea of what Darling Husband does, and can understand when he talks Navy talk, haha.
I love it because I work during the day so Darling Husband and I have close to the same schedule and have the same times off. To me it’s a pro in comparison to being a waitress or something because I’d hate to have to work when he’s off, and then be home bored while he’s at work. PS idk what branch you’re affiliated with or where ya are, but Fleet and Family has a spouse employment program to help you work on your resume and find a job, and I know the Army and Airforce have similar programs. You could definitely try there if you’re wanting to find a job!
Just to give more answers my one friend is a security cop, my other friend works in the billing department of a medical coding center. And then the rest of the wives I know are stay at home moms which is a full-time job in itself. =]
Post # 5
I’m a freelance writer, which means I can work from home wherever we are. But most of my clients are on the East Coast, and right now we’re in Hawaii, so the biggest con is that my work hours are pretty rough– I have lots of 4-9 am deadlines and interviews. But the big pro is that wherever we’re stationed I know I’ll be able to do work. It’s also great that I can make my own schedule, since FI’s schedule is VERY unpredictable– sometimes he works nights, sometimes his only day off for a few weeks is a weekday, etc. I have a Masters-level degree in journalism.
Post # 6
I work for a local university while working on grad school, the benifit is that I get free tuition and there are going to be major universities in pretty much any city we get transfered too so I should be able to find a job that is some what similar if I have to, but I don’t know if I will.
I am working on my MA in Rural and Community development, so there are a variety of non-profits and community education based organizations I will be able to work for when we transfer. I have been worried about applying for a professional job and having my employer know from the start that I can’t be there more than 4 years.
Post # 7
I’m new to weddingbee. 🙂 Hi everyone!! My Darling Husband is in the Navy and we’re awaiting our orders to our first duty station!
I’m a teacher, so hopefully that will allow me to easily transfer jobs or substitute/tutor. However, I’m really interested in doing financial counseling or other type of work in helping struggling military families, so I’ve thought about trying to get a job on base doing something like that down the road. I’ve also looked into getting a financial counseling/planning certificate.
@LoveMySailor1018: Was it hard to find your job on base? I’d love to do something that would transfer when we do!
Post # 8
When I was military, I was an army blacksmith… although the official title is “metalsmith”. I also helped to run a military firing range for a bit, when I was posted to the TA infantry (long story).
When I first read this thread I thought “beauty specialist… in the army? It must be a whole different army than the one I joined!” Then I realised that your OHs are in the army… took me a second though, LOL!
Post # 9
Haha, I thought this was for bees in the military, woops.
Post # 10
@subbywife11: You should totally look into Fleet and Family Support Center! Their financial counselors require a Masters typically, but my friend told them she was “working on it” and still got the job. Like I said there are Family Readiness Centers on just about every base.. so it would be a great place to start and you could always try to transfer when your Darling Husband PCSes to other places! Not sure where you’re located but you should definitely look and see if there is one in your area once Darling Husband gets to his duty station!
Post # 11
@LoveMySailor1018: Thanks, that’s very helpful! We’re waiting on orders, but I guess it could be a little while till we know for sure. DH is still in school, but I guess is going to pick orders soon? I’m not really sure – I’m just waiting for him to tell me we’re moving! 🙂
Anyway, I looked at the Fleet and Family Readiness website, and there are some jobs open in some places we could be, so I’m going to start getting my resume updated and ready to go!
Post # 12
I’m currently finishing my Bachelors in History, graduating in may. Darling Husband a Marine currently stationed in Japan. I’m trying to figure out what to do because we don’t know whether he’s going to be career designated yet. If he is selected then we’ll probably be stationed in Monterey CA for 2 years where I’ll try to pick up and finish a Masters(Anyone know of good schools out there??). I might look into teaching ESL wherever we end up (he’s applying to be a FAO so we’d be overseas) or working on base somewhere but I don’t know exactly what sort of jobs there are.
@LoveMySailor1018: Are there Fleet and Family support centers on Marine bases? I know that sometimes the Navy and Marines call them different things. What exactly do they offer there as far as jobs or services? I feel silly not knowing but we’ve only been married since October and with him overseas I haven’t spent a lot of time on base
Post # 13
@Ella2BeeMrsS: If it is a marine base, there should be a MCCS (Marine Corps Community Services) office which is equivalent to a Fleet and Family Support Center. Since I work at FFSC not MCCS I can’t tell you if they have exactly the same thing, but at Fleet and Family they have an employment educator. We have classes about resume writing, job search strategies, interview techniques, Federal Employment System, etc. Also you can meet one on one with them to tailor your resume to a specific job, and they can help you find jobs!
Post # 14
I’m now a Stay-At-Home Mom. I just got my discharge from the Army, I was a military police officer. Now he’s the one who has to put on a uniform and go work(USN), me, I get to cook, clean & play with the kiddos. Time for rest for this Bee. :o)
Post # 15
Lawyer. Isn’t good for free time, Is good for keeping your mind off things- needless to say it takes ages to get qualified.