Jul 09 2014
Q: What branch of service are you affiliated with?
A: Coast Guard
Q: Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I am a proud Coast Guard wife, mother of two awesome children, and serve as an Administrative Law Judge for a federal agency.
Q: Where has the military taken you?
A: We have moved seven times and lived throughout the country, from Florida to Hawaii.
Q: What do you do for a living and are you working in your chosen career field?
A: Yes, I have been able to maintain my legal career, with many bar examinations along the way. Although it is challenging to move every few years, it has given me a wonderful opportunity to practice law in a wide variety of areas. Ultimately, this wide-ranging experienced benefitted my career.
Q: What resources, programs or initiatives have you used to keep your career on the move?
A: I reached out to anyone I could find. When we moved, I contacted local professional associations. College and law school alumni in the new location provided lots of advice. Volunteering is another way I have met people with similar interests. We also made an effort to meet our neighbors and learn from them.
Q: What advice would you give to other military spouses who want to keep a career through the military lifestyle?
A: Know what matters most to you and use that as a guide for decision making. Work hard and excel wherever you find yourself. Be kind to others and to yourself. Make the best choice possible given the options available. Communicate with your spouse about your career goals and work together for the good of your family. Remember that what works someone else may not work for you. At the end of the day, if you can say you did the best you could do, then you are a success. Be proud of yourself!