Is a Portable Career Right for You? 3 Potential Paths You Could Take

Military Spouse EmploymentCareer choices that allow you to be on-the-move are often ideal for military spouses and their families…

By Liz Samet

Underemployment among military spouses is a hot-button issue in recent news, with reports claiming that there is a 90% underemployment rate among military spouses. All this means is that the individual is ‘overqualified’ for their current position or that they desire a higher position than they currently hold in the workforce.

For example, if a spouse holds a bachelor’s degree, and is a stay-at-home-mom by choice, they are considered underemployed by definition.

Why is this?

According to a recent study by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University and the Military Officers Association of America, 90% of the female spouses of active-duty Service Members who responded to the survey were considered underemployed.

The majority of these responses are due to lifestyle choices. For example, many spouses choose to become a stay-at-home parent once their families begin to grow – a commendable lifestyle choice! Another classic case is when spouses have work-from-home positions or portable careers which are more flexible; a great career fit due to a spouse’s deployment or the possibility of a future PCS.

Many spouses and military families are always ready for their next move, making choices that allow for this PCS-driven lifestyle.

This being the case, here are three portable career resources that we at SpouseLink.org have found to be popular resources for families to supplement their family’s income.

1. Apple at Home AdvisorsMilitary Spouse Corporate Career Network just announced that Apple is hiring MilSpouses as Apple At Home Advisors which can be taken on from any state. For more information, visit the MSCCN website. Submit your resume to askus@msccn.org.

2. Experienced Translators: If you’re bi-lingual or multi-lingual, there are many opportunities out there for you to supplement your family’s income, on your time, from home!

  • Acclaro is a great resource for experienced translators to work on a freelance basis. They have opportunities for individuals with knowledge of software localization, finance, management and human resource translation.
  • Pacific Interpreters offers contracting opportunities in which you can arrange times that fit your schedule and can complete telephone interpretation and document translation (in over 80 different languages) when it’s convenient for you.
  • Interested in translation, but don’t have any resume-worthy experience? Look into language-specific state or federal interpreter programs such as the ATA or ATLA.

3. Freelance Transcription: If you’re interested in transcription opportunities, keep your eyes open for freelance and contracting opportunities on Indeed.com. There are also opportunities at the American High-Tech Transcription and Reporting, Inc. firm which is always looking for independent contractors to take on audio transcription projects.

No matter what it is that gets you out of bed in the morning, find something that you love! Whether it’s parenthood, contract work, volunteering, blogging or whatever else you’re involved with, meet your responsibilities and goals head on!

About the Author
Liz Samet is the Managing Editor of SpouseLink.org; a website created by AAFMAA to support, inform and inspire military spouses.

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2 thoughts on “Is a Portable Career Right for You? 3 Potential Paths You Could Take

  1. I’d choose a work at home for me, but I already chose the career and it can’t be home based. Maybe, I’ll start working at home as a freelance translator one day. But I don’t have enough time for that these days.

    • Thanks for your comments, Margaret. Home-based is great if you can make it work with your career. But as you said, that isn’t always an option.

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