Am I a unicorn?
After six months of sending resumes to every media outlet within a 60-mile radius of Fort Campbell, I joined the Kentucky New Era as a staff writer in September 2013. The local daily served a city of 35,000 and a tri-county area of about 125,000 people. Like all entry-level reporter positions it paid peanuts, but it was exactly what I always dreamed of doing. I love news and struggled with leaving once orders dropped.
Three years later, I’m still struggling to find a media outlet that will take me. I get that I chose a profession with pre-existing struggles and dumped a whole other set of obstacles on top of it.
And don’t get me wrong, PCS Life is hard for everyone, but it wasn’t until we moved for the second time that I realized how difficult it would be to continue pursing reporting. Journalism was always the plan before the Army, and it’s hard to accept doing anything else.
At NAS Pensacola I spent the first four months after the move counting down the days, weeks and months until our future move to journalism mecca. I just had to hold on for three more months and we’d be in the D.C. area for good.
Or so I thought. Paperwork sat on a desk, and seven months turned to a year. I took a job through a temp agency at a local radio station so I didn’t murder my husband for self-fulfillment.
Packing up every two to three years, setting up a new house and maintaining a career through it all can seem impossible when you first start the military life journey. You go to school with one plan in mind and then life turns around and craps all over it. Good prep for military life I guess?
Well, sometimes it seems impossible. Disheartening. Defeating.
That’s why being surrounded by military spouses of all professions and backgrounds Monday afternoon was so uplifting. Co-hosted by Starbucks, the first meeting of In Gear Career’s National Capital Region chapter kicked off over free coffee and cake.
IGC is a networking group for professional military spouses in pursuit of career advancement, not just a job. I first found the group at Fort Campbell when I wondered, “Could there be other spouses established in their careers and unwilling to let them go?”
Surrounded by about 20 other resilient, hard-working, eager spouses the answer was clear to me.
Yes, we’re here.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of In Gear Career. As always, the opinions and text are all mine. Photos by Sandy Davis Photography.