Military spouses face unique career challenges resulting from a lifestyle that often involves frequent relocations – sometimes to remote, isolated locations, high-cost areas and areas where the prospects for employment are less than ideal.
These moves, necessary though they may be, not only impact employment prospects and family income, but the spouse’s career progression as well.
It is a difficult situation for many, but thanks to the growth of the Internet and the emergence of the Virtual Professional industry, military spouses with expertise in administrative support and related areas are finally finding it easier to spread their entrepreneurial wings and develop viable, portable careers.
Virtual Professionals are self-employed individuals who provide off-site business support services to their clients. These services vary from one VP to the next, based on their experience and expertise, and can include day-to-day administrative tasks, competitive research, Web site design, legal and medical transcription, accounting, bookkeeping services, marketing support, translation and graphic design. Work assignments are communicated through e-mail, phone, fax, mail and online messaging.
The virtual nature of these relationships lends itself easily to the transient or “nomadic” lifestyle that is so much a part of military family life.
Staffcentrix, LLC, a company that specializes in training military spouses to become virtual professionals, delivers their exclusive Portable Career & Virtual Professional Training Program through the Airman & Family Readiness Center. As the name implies, the program is designed to teach military spouses how to launch and grow their Virtual Professional businesses and thus embark on a rewarding, challenging and truly portable career.
Two separate workshops are being offered.
There will be a night class from 5 to 9 p.m. April 14 to 16 and a daytime class from
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 21 and 22. Participants attending either class must attend all of the sessions of that class. Applications are only accepted online and selections will be based on the information provided in the applications. Participation is limited to 20 participants per class and the deadline for applications for both classes is March 20.
Candidates for the program should have a minimum of two years of administrative support experience, Internet access, a good working knowledge of basic software, a computer with a Windows 95 or newer operating system and, above all, a strong desire for employment or employment change.
If you are the spouse of an active-duty military member (any service) who would like to participate in this free training program, complete and submit the online application at www.msvas.com/application_ramstein.htm or the contact Airman & Family Readiness Center at 480-5100 or 06371-47-5100.
(Courtesy of the Airman & Family Readiness Center )