Savvy military wives continue to set a great example of building a meaningful career despite the challenges of PCS and a mobile military lifestyle.
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How Military Wives Build Successful Careers Around Military PCS

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Military life is anything but stationery with Military PCS orders as the one change military families can count on. One in four military families move across county lines every year, compared with 1 in 12 civilian families.

Still, savvy military wives continue to set a great example of building a meaningful career despite the challenges of PCS and a mobile military lifestyle.

HEALTHCARE CAREERS SUIT MILITARY WIVES

A career in healthcare can work well with a military lifestyle, including the career path of nurse, doctor, healthcare technicians, insurance claims processor and more working at community hospitals, clinics and doctors offices. You may even apply at your military base's medical facilities.

TURN HOBBIES INTO A PORTABLE MILITARY CAREER

Many successful military wives have turned hobbies into careers. Examples include an at-home invitation-printing service, baking personalized cakes or sewing personalized blankets and more. Develop a strong following where you are and you can gain new customers at your next duty station through good word-of-mouth. The military wives' network is strong, and your handmade products may be recommended before you even arrive at a new post.

SOARING MILITARY SUCCESS IN A CYBERSPACE CAREER

The Internet offers opportunities for work-from-home; a career writing and researching articles for web content studios and sites is highly lucrative. Since your military lifestyle involves travel and setting up a home in a variety of locations, you can even write travel and destination pieces describing terrific places to vacation or live, including all the points of interest along the way.

MILITARY WIVES WORK WITH CHILDREN

Military wives who work with children are in demand. Base day-care centers, schools, tutoring services plus schools located in nearby cities will allow you to continue your career as an educator and may even support your taking classes to boost your teaching credentials. If you already have a BA in Education, think about hold teaching licenses in multiple states so you're always employable.

NATIONAL CHAIN JOBS OFFER GEOGRAPHIC FLEXIBILITY


National Chains are likely to be where your military spouse is stationed next.

Big box stores are everywhere, even in foreign countries. Many are willing to transfer your employment to the next location where your military spouse receives his or her PCS orders. Wal-Mart in Texas, for example, may make a seamless transfer for you to the local Walmart in California, should your military spouse receive a transfer to Edwards Air Force Base in California, where Wal-Marts abound. The same could be true for a large variety of franchises and national chain stores and corporations.

USE YOUR MILITARY SUPPORT NETWORK FOR CAREER

The Military Spouse Career Center, run by the Department of Defense, is a wonderful resource for guiding you to a career path for military spouses. Find out how you can be one of the nearly 85 percent of military wives who work to supplement their family's incomes and have overcome a variety of military lifestyle challenges to build successful careers.



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