Life is about taking risks and I definitely took a risk when I recently decided to quit my job. There are a bunch of reasons why I ultimately came to this decision but in short, it just wasn’t for me. I haven’t figured out what is yet but I see myself doing so much more in life! I know, I know – people always say to never quit a job unless you have another one lined up. I decided to break this rule and do some “soul searching”. I did enroll in school again, so it’s not like I’m going to be doing nothing all day but, instead of going to work and performing mindless tasks, I’ll be doing something that I’ve chosen to do myself that will hopefully lead to something better in life. My husband and I are in the beginning of our marriage with no real responsibilities (like families/children) so I figured, it’s better to make mistakes now while trying to figure myself out then later when there are more people involved.
In contemplating this decision to quit, I’ve been doing a lot of research and I’ve found that there are so many resources out there that many people might not know of – especially for military spouses! So far, I’ve attended 2 webinars hosted by Military OneSource that have been very helpful and informative.
The first webinar was about volunteering. I’ve learned that volunteering can not only be a way to help within the community but also a way to fine tune your current skills and learn skills. If you’re not sure what you want to do as a career, volunteering is a great way to try things out without fully committing yourself full-time. It also looks great on your resume if you happen to be between jobs at the moment.
The other webinar was all about telework (work-from-home jobs). Did you know that there are over 100 companies that partner to employ military spouses AND offer telework jobs? The biggest part of landing one of those jobs is putting yourself out there and possibly reaching out to companies via sources such as social media. Just simply identify yourself as a military spouse, let them know of your skills and that you are interested in telework opportunities. If they don’t have any openings at the time, at least you’ve made that connection so that, if a telework position opens in the future, they already have you listed as a candidate and can reach out to you.
There are so many other resources out there and I know I am only touching on a few of them. Just being able to go back to school (for something different this time!) is all thanks to the MyCAA (My Career Advancement Account) scholarship which provides eligible military spouses with up to $4,000 in tuition assistance! I’ll link some resources below that might be helpful.
I’ll let you know how my decision folds out. What risks in life have you taken? Did they turn out for better or worse?
Until next time!
Here are some of the resources I’ve come across so far. These are just a few, there are so many more out there! Good luck!
** Just as a tiny disclaimer: I’m not really encouraging everyone to quit their jobs on a whim. Really think about the choices you make before you make them. I’m just simply encouraging you to follow your dreams. If there is something you’ve always wanted to do, go for them! Don’t let anything stop you from doing what makes you truly happy in life. <3