One of the things I've found most challenging about being a military spouse is the moving around and, especially, not knowing what kind of jobs will be available at our next base. When we moved to Japan, I gave up a job I adored knowing that there wouldn't be anything comparable available to me here.
Luckily, I was able to obtain a job within a few months on the base. Unfortunately, however, this position was a major downgrade for me in terms of income, skill, and type of work. Regardless, my boss was great and my coworkers were, too, so I decided to stick it out just to keep up my resume.
Fast forward to now, home with a brand new baby and deciding to step back from the office (after childcare costs, it's just not worth it). We'll be PCSing (military term for moving) back to the States in just under 9 months, and preparing for that on top of regular mama duty will be a job in itself.
However, the reality is that I can't simply put "stay at home mom"/"master mover" on my resume. Well, I suppose I could, but future employers probably wouldn't find it amusing (regardless of how demanding it is!). So I am left, yet again, wondering what I can do to keep my resume current while working around the demands of managing a military family.
Enter Webucator--a website offering both live online classes and self-paced courses in subject matter that is perfect for rounding out a resume, whether or not you are currently working. While I have enrolled in free online classes before and enjoyed learning new things, they weren't always necessarily applicable to the type of work I did or want to do in the future.
I really like that Webucator offers practical courses like Design, Microsoft applications (a special class is offered monthly, SO handy in any office these days), Photoshop, and many more. You can check out all of their self-paced courses here.
The best part about Webucator is that they are big supporters of the military, veterans, and their families. They understand the challenges of maintaining a diverse skill set when you are faced with a demanding job, deployed spouses, running a family, and trying to maintain a career track. They also understand that unemployment rates among veterans are too high, with an estimated 200,000 remaining unemployed this year alone.
In order to help close this gap, they have decided to give back to veterans and active duty families. Webucator is offering FREE access to all of their self-paced courses simply by using the coupon code VETERANS2014. If you are, or know, a military family--active duty or retired--please be sure to pass along this great opportunity. I'll be signing up for some classes ASAP!
Have you tried online learning? Which Webucator class looks most interesting to you? How have you kept up your "employability" while stepping back from the work force?
(Webucator reached out to me regarding their military family support, and all opinions are my own. No compensation was provided in return for sharing about their services.)