When I heard about the predicament of career options for military spouses, I immediately decided I would contact one of my High School friends. Meet Shaun. Shaun joined the military out of high school, has since had a family, and is constantly being stationed in different locations around Canada for each phase of his military career. I had asked Captain Shaun Fevens – a man who I have more respect for then words can describe – a few questions so that we could all better understand what life looks like in regards to career options for military spouses through the eyes of his wife Lana. Here is what I discovered.
- Employers are hesitant to hire Spouses of military personnel, especially for professional positions like a teacher, early childhood educator (Lana’s degree), dental hygienist, and on and on. “Naturally Tim Hortons and those types of jobs are not too concerned about losing people, but I’m sure I don’t need to say much about wanting or needing to work there” says Shaun.
- Spouses worry about furthering their education because the qualifications of the job may change from province to province. Shaun states “the education she may take in Ontario may not be the same qualification she would need in Nova Scotia or Alberta, let alone a job that fits that education available.”
- Military personnel are choosing to leave the forces due to how difficult finding a career can be on their spouses. When I asked Shaun if this was true he responded with “Yes I personally know people who have left the Forces so their spouses can pursue a full time career.”
So is there a solution? My final question for was “what would a portable job mean to someone like Lana?”
“A portable job would be amazing. Not having to worry would bring a massive peace of mind to both Lana and I, and make future financial planning much easier.”
CanScribe understands that spouses of military personnel often have a very difficult time supplementing the family income due to frequent moves, lack of flexibility in employers’ hours and remote locations. Working at home can be a dream come true for many military families.
As our way of saying thank you for your family’s service, we are proud to offer two annual $1500.00 scholarships exclusively for military families.