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Military Monday: Portable Careers

October 3, 2011

Recently I became aware of a program designed to help military spouses attain career training in so-called “portable” careers, so that when it comes time to PCS (move permanently, in Army-ese) they can take their skills with them and find employment. When you boil it down to its essence, the program offers $2000 a year for up to 2 years to train or re-train in a field that can go anywhere.

Sounds cool right?

So it got me thinking– is there a field I would like to train in, just because I can, as a back-up plan? There are a few caveats of course: you can choose only from certain fields, the money can only be used towards certifications/licenses/associates degrees, and you have to complete your program while your sponsor is still on active duty. I could try to get actual training as a vet tech, but there are no schools that offer a program within 300 miles of here (Oh, right… I’m living in the real country now…). Can’t go back to school to get my teacher’s license for two reason: 1) it’s higher than Associate’s level, and 2) I’m still on the fence about whether or not I want to teach at all. I really love kids, and I’m hoping that there are other ways to work with them without necessarily being a teacher.

Nursing is one possibility that I’m considering, because it is highly portable, highly in demand, and I like wearing scrubs. Hey, who said all of our career considerations need to be practical?

It got me thinking about clean slates and fresh starts. If I pick something that I can combine with the Spanish skills I have, I might be onto a winner here! I’ll keep you all posted as to whether or not I decide to go for it, and what exactly “it” would be.

If you could make a clean start, would you choose the same career? Or is there something else you that you’d pursue if the opportunity presented itself?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2011 20:31

    sometimes the best careers are ones you would not choose for yourself. sometimes life happens in the most amazing way.


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