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Military Spouse Career Roadmap

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Our Military Spouse Forum built a roadmap to help you navigate your career between deployments, moves, and the unpredictable. Interested in how Booz Allen can help you navigate your career? Check out our opportunities at www.boozallen.com/careers

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Military Spouse Career Roadmap

  1. 1. CAREER ROADMAP CAREERPROGRESSION C.08.044.16 YOUR SPOUSE GETS ORDERS TO MOVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY You work with your team and develop a plan to work remotely and adhere to a similar schedule to the time zone your team works in. YOU EARN A NEW DEGREE (Bachelor’s or Master’s) YOU EARN A PROMOTION You and your spouse go out to dinner to celebrate your accomplishment. YOU ATTEND A NETWORKING EVENT You make time to network with colleagues and meet new people in your industry. YOU HEAR OF A NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY A colleague in your network informs you of an opportunity you would be perfect for and you accept! CREATE A NEW BUSINESS You have a great idea and gather the resources needed to start your own company. WORK PART-TIME You’ve decided the time is right to take a part-time position. BEGIN PROFESSIONAL CAREER Start out with big dreams in a field related to your education and background. YOUR FAMILY GROWS Your family expands by either pets or children. Frequent training and deployments mean that you will be the primary caregiver for your expanded family, requiring increased job flexibility and outside assistance. YOUR SPOUSE TRANSITIONS TO A CIVILIAN JOB You help your spouse successfully transition and make connections with companies through your professional network. YOUR SPOUSE GETS SHORE DUTY ORDERS Your spouse’s regular schedule permits more shared responsibilities at home, which allows you to be more productive and focused at work. YOU GET AN OFFER FOR A GREAT NEW JOB, BUT IT REQUIRES REGULAR TRAVEL You decline the offer because your spouse is regularly away training and you need to be home with your children/pets and keep the home running. YOUR SPOUSE DEPLOYS You devote yourself to your career by putting in more hours than usual because your evening routine with your spouse is on hold. You also feel the stress and toll of deployment but are encouraged that the countdown is on. YOU MARRY YOUR SERVICE MEMBER Whether it be at a court house or in front of family and friends, you tie the knot together and decide you are in this journey no matter what you face. YOUR SPOUSE GETS TEMPORARY DUTY ORDERS FOR A 6-MONTH TRAINING IN ANOTHER STATE You stay behind in the previous duty location and plan visits to see each other. You take more Fridays off so you can have more spouse time. These visits are nice mini-vacations that help strengthen your relationship. YOU ASK FOR MORE RESPONSIBILITY AT YOUR JOB Your boss likes your initiative and accepts your proposal. You’re on the right track to your next promotion. YOUR SPOUSE GETS OUT OF THE MILITARY OR RETIRES Celebrate! You have more help and support when taking care of the family and the equal partnership has returned. Maybe even a new stay-at-home parent is in the mix. YOU EMBRACE THE NEXT PHASE OF YOUR LIFE TOGETHER Successful career planning and perseverance has prepared you for this moment. MOVE TO A NEW DUTY STATION Unfortunately your career takes a pause because your job can’t be done remotely or your company doesn’t have a location near your new duty station. YOUR SPOUSE IS PROMOTED You work with your team to take off work to attend the ceremony and celebrate your spouse’s accomplishment. ANOTHER DEPLOYMENT You put in more hours than usual because your evening routine with your spouse is on hold, but you also feel run-down due to the stress of deployment. YOU GET ASSIGNED A TEAM TO LEAD Even though you’re not in the same location as many members of your team, you use technology and regular communication to stay connected. YOU EARN A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION ALTERNATIVE ROUTES Your network, also known as your support system, comprises not only friends and family but also colleagues, mentors, and fellow military spouses. It is important to foster these relationships and to call upon them as needed. ny career coach will tell you that the first step in launching a successful career is to map out where you want to be in 5, 10, or even 20 years. That is easier said than done for military spouses. The military lifestyle is rife with uncertainty and unique challenges that can make planning your career seem nearly impossible. But it is possible! By understanding the potential ups and downs your career could take while your spouse is serving, you can map out a flexible roadmap that puts your career on an upward trajectory while preparing for the inevitable bumps in the road. No two journeys are the same and the life events detailed here are not exhaustive of all potential career detours a military spouse may encounter. This map is intended to help you visualize several possible ways to grow your career (and yourself!) along the way at a pace that makes sense for you. A
  • yashbedifferent

    Jan. 30, 2017
  • TracyLynnFreedman

    Nov. 14, 2016

Our Military Spouse Forum built a roadmap to help you navigate your career between deployments, moves, and the unpredictable. Interested in how Booz Allen can help you navigate your career? Check out our opportunities at www.boozallen.com/careers

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