If you are the husband or wife of an active duty service member, you are not just married to a person, but to a certain way of life. Along with the perks and pride that come with being in the armed forces, comes the heartache of packing your bags and having to move just when you start getting familiar with a place and people.
For many of you, being a military spouse has also meant putting your own professional dreams and aspirations on the backburner to support your other half in his line of duty!
But before you give up completely on ever having a stable career, you should probably know that many military spouses actually have very satisfying professional lives. This is possible because they have chosen to be in careers that are “portable.”
A portable career is defined as a career that you can take with you wherever you go. What it means is that professionals in these portable jobs can seamlessly move from one physical location to another without having to put a brake on their careers.
And no, we are not just talking about traditionally portable jobs like nursing or teaching. Technology is opening up new possibilities every day and jobs that seemed completely office-based a few years ago can now be comfortably performed from home.
Advantage of Portable Careers
Other than the obvious professional continuity, what’s the benefit of pursuing a portable career? Well, for one, the government provides financial assistance through the MyCAA program to military spouses pursuing education, training or certification in portable careers.
What this means is that if you choose a school that offers MyCAA approved programs, you can receive $4000 to fund your tuition, fee, books, equipment, and licensing fee. Many schools nationwide offer MyCAA approved programs and will be happy to take you on board. All you have to do is look.
Another advantage of having a portable career is that you can travel the globe along with your spouse without having to worry about not having a job to come back to. You simply take it along with you and enjoy the exotic flavors of the world while earning a living.
With portable careers, you will also never feel the frustration that comes with having to quit your job and start afresh ever so often. This also increases the positivity in your relationship with your spouse.
Types of Portable Careers
While there are several types of portable careers ranging from baking cookies to writing blogs, let’s dedicate this space to focus on two such professions in detail.
Perhaps not as popular as nursing or teaching, medical transcription has been around as a portable career for quite some time now. The work is straightforward, although you can by no means call it simple.
A typical day in the life of a modern day medical transcriptionist (MT) begins with downloading digitized doctor dictations. They listen to these dictations and convert them into text format. For this, MTs have to piece together the medical jargon that doctors sometimes mumble, sometimes record while eating, and sometimes speak in incomprehensible accents.
Once written, these texts have to be edited and formatted into standard styles and sent back to the clients either via email or by directly uploading it on their servers.
Medical transcription, therefore, is skilled work and definitely not suitable for the untrained. Courses, both online and on ground are available at various levels. But an online medical transcriptionist training program is perhaps the best fit for a military spouse.
There was a time, not so long ago, when it would have been impossible to think that an office administrator can work from a remote location.
Not anymore. Virtual assistance is one of the biggest things to emerge out of the work-from-home industry. The skills of an administrative assistant were always transferable, but technology has made it possible to use these skills virtually.
So, you can pretty much fulfill all the responsibilities of an administrative assistant from a home office be it scheduling appointments, making travel arrangements, maintaining files, conducting research, handling business correspondence, or taking care of any other task from the long list of duties they usually have.
How does a military spouse become a virtual assistant? Look for MyCAA approved programs in administrative assistance at a vocational school near you. Even better would be if you could take online as that would give you more flexibility to enjoy your military lifestyle!