If you are the spouse of an active duty service member or veteran and you are unemployed or underemployed, you’re not alone.
According to a recent report from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, the unemployment rate for military spouses is 3 times higher than their civilian counterparts. Of those spouses who work, one-third report they are underemployed based on their educational background. To make matters worse, employed active duty military spouses earn roughly 38% less than their civilian counterparts.
At Challenge America, we believe the issue of military spouse employment has been ignored for far too long. Based on previous research, we know that 9 out of 10 military spouses want to work yet are either unemployed or underemployed. To address this issue, this fall we are partnering with Inner Compass Coach to launch a free online course to give military spouses the tools they need to secure a satisfying career that fits their work-life balance.
Our unique program offers several hours of free career counseling services with a certified career counselor. Topics for these discussions include the following:
In the fifth grade, I was severely bullied by three girls and hid that incident for years.
Fast forward twenty years later, I had worked in the nonprofit field as a high school social worker, career development facilitator, and as an event planner. My work in the nonprofit sector burned me out, so I began working with a career coach.
As I was trying to figure out my direction, I had a moment of clarity. I was looking at job titles for things I was qualified for and good at, rather than trying to discover what career would give me a sense of purpose and true happiness.
That’s when I started my quest for my life purpose. When I began confronting my story of childhood bullying, I started recognizing my gifts. I discovered that I was motivated by my desire to connect with others and I became highly perceptive because of my childhood experience.
I realized I had buried my inner compass and stopped listening to my intuition which had always been spot on. I enrolled in classes to develop my intuition again after ignoring it for so long. Now I use both gifts to support my clients in their transformations.
Long story short…I embraced these experiences, and they came to form the basis of the career coaching process I use with my clients today. When we explore our stories of childhood, they bring light to what we are meant to do in our career. The process has been enhanced using the latest research in career development and clinical psychotherapy.
If you’re struggling to find fulfillment and purpose in your career, contact me today. I’d love to learn more about your situation and explore the possibility of working together to help you identify your career direction.