Sep 26 2013
I am not one for taking surveys. I have been SurveyMonkey-ed by employers, schools and organizations. In case you don’t recognize the reference, Survey Monkey is an online survey site many organizations now use – you get sent the link in an email, click it, and you’re on to the survey. It’s too easy to use, and as a result there are a lot of surveys flying around now.
However, there is one survey out there that I was happy to complete and am asking all military spouses to complete (retired or active duty): the MOAA Spouse Employment Survey.
Spouses’ careers can take a hit from all of the moves – careers get put on hold; professional licenses aren’t recognized in a new state; spouses don’t know who to go to for help in a new community, etc.
This survey will help MOAA be an even better and stronger voice for the spouses in getting programs and assistance for spouses living the military lifestyle.
There are a lot of spouses who are managing very well and either enjoying their time with the kids or finding opportunities via the web to create their own niches. (Check out usmclife.com, which is run by a Marine spouse.)
I admire these spouses – I had a number of great ideas for military-related websites, but something about the allure of sushi in Okinawa or a beer in Germany seemed to get in the way of following up on my ideas.
I was fortunate though in that I never needed a full-time gig because my wife’s officer’s salary was just fine for us, and we both wanted me to stay at home and hang out at the Okinawan beaches – sorry, I mean watch the kids.
I easily found a part-time job teaching online at UMUC (that continues to this day), as well as freelance work overseas editing translated English (e.g., smoothing out phrasing like “Can not parking now” or “Correctly English in Hundred Days”).
However, there are spouses that need assistance with continuing their career, writing a resume, or job hunting. With the survey results, MOAA can help military spouses by using the collected information to build programs or eliminate barriers related to spouses’ careers. (I’m hoping they can put together groups at bases of successfully employed spouses who can help others with everything from resumes to creating one’s own career.)
But for MOAA to act, they need about 20 minutes from you.
Please take the time and complete the survey – in fact, here’s the link again so that you don’t have to go all the way back to the top of the page: http://www.moaa.org/milspousesurvey/