Upon graduating from college with her degree in political science, Elizabeth began working as a Campaign Manager for a state senate campaign. She quickly learned she was capable of juggling demands while staying calm under pressure, a skill that would also help heras a military spouse. Her career ambitions soon took Elizabeth to Washington, D.C. where she eventually landed a job as a Grassroot Development Manager for a medical association. Her husband, an intelligent officer in the U.S. Navy, was soon ordered to move across the world to Japan, and Elizabeth and her family made the difficult decision for her husband togoto Japan as a geobachelor. The decision to“geobach” meant Elizabeth would only see herhusband every six months, but the fact Elizabeth could keep growing inher job was worth the distance. Today, Elizabeth credits her success to the supportofher husband andher time spent breaking outofher comfort zone. She encourages spouses searching for a career to pour energy into their passions and connect with networks within their career fields and within the military spouse community.
As military spouses, we’ve seen first hand the joys and challenges of our lifestyle. We have spent countless hours discussing our dual roles as career professionals and military spouses. Out of these conversations, we’ve formed The Other Side of Service (OSS), a community for military spouse professionals.