Post # 1
Hi everyone, this is not wedding related but I was wondering about how difficult its going to be to transfer my job when/if I marry my current Army SO (many years down the road, we’ve talked getting engaged but waiting several years to actually start planning a wedding). I’m going to Optometry school in August, and I’m not planning on having my own practice once I graduate for many years (that would be practically impossible with the constant moving anyway). Does anyone know if I would be able to be hired as a civilian on post? I know I could work at a VA if there are any around, but otherwise we may need to have a long distance marriage depending on where I can find work, especially if he is posted overseas.
Anyone got any advice on how to handle this?
Post # 3
Military spouses get priority for jobs on post but I don’t know if there would be positions for Optometrists for civilians. My husband and I are both government civilians and sadly if we move, the other spouse doesn’t get priority in finding another job.
Post # 4
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Thanks! I’m not sure how that’s going to work out either. I’m hoping I’ll just be able to work at local VAs or an area practice if I can’t get hired on base, but there are probably going to be places these aren’t available. Not many people in my family are military so I’m not sure how all that works.
Post # 5
I’m an army wife and have to deal with moving and find new jobs. Depending on which base you’re at they have different facilities available to get jobs at. There’s a lot that will depend on where he’s stationed and that will dictate where you can work. You could very possibly get a job like that at one post but not at another, it just depends on that bases services. I never plan on automatically getting a job on base, I always keep my options open with where to get a job. It’s just easier that way. But I’m a nurse so I can pretty much do anything.
Post # 6
@NYshoppingirl: Yes, I was hoping it could be another 3rd option to have a chance at finding jobs. I may be able to just find local doctors and work for them or find several and give them time off from their practice for vacations, etc but you are definitely right, its not always going to work out depending on where he’s sent. I’m okay with that, we’ll find ways to work it out 🙂 It comes with the territory right?
Post # 7
I am having a TON of difficult with this! We just PCSd and it is making me crazy trying to find a new job in this economy. HOWEVER, I’ve started networking on my own. The spouse preference thing has not helped me at all yet. Networking is showing signs of working.