Military Spouses Seek Employment
A military family will experience a permanent change of station, or PCS, on the average of every two years. And as hard as this is on service members, it also hard on military spouses. Frequent moves make it difficult for them to build their résumés or to advance in their professions. If you know a military spouse looking for a transferable career, CompuScripts suggests court reporting!
Needs of Military Families
Many of us think we understand the hardship of frequent moves: setting up a home, receiving a change in station, packing, moving, and unpacking, with another move always on the horizon. Blue Star Families is an organization founded by military families, and its purpose is to empower military families to thrive as they serve. One of their projects is the Military Family Lifestyle Survey, which seeks to understand the challenges faced by military families. In its 2018 survey, financial concerns related to the employment of military spouses was listed in the top five issues faced by military families. Military families “reported higher rates of difficulty making ends meet than civilian families (13% v. 7 %), suggesting the need for two incomes is not just an expectation, but a need for financial security.”
Employment Problems of Military Spouses
Military spouses often report three difficulties in finding employment following a PCS, and these are outlined in a recent blog by Forbes. First, they often face interview bias, having to explain frequent moves or predict when they might have to move again. Second, because of PCS, they often have holes in their résumés. Third, military spouses are not always included in efforts to hire military veterans.
An Career Option to Consider
Military spouses facing frequent moves should consider court reporting. Retiring court reporters are leaving the industry faster than new court reporters are entering. Because of this shortage, freelance court reporters easily find work with agencies across the United States and even overseas. Project Steno, a group advocating for the court reporting profession, offers a free introductory six-week program which explains the rudiments of machine shorthand theory. The program, called Basic Training, even provides loaner steno machines. After Basic Training, Project Steno can connect military spouses with court reporting schools and offer tuition assistance. “Do you want to travel the country or the world?” Project Steno asks. “Few professions provide so many options. What fits your lifestyle? A career in court reporting offers the opportunity of a work-life balance that’s hard to find in today’s fast-paced world.”
CompuScripts Appreciates Military Spouses
CompuScripts was founded in 1993 in Columbia, South Carolina, home of the United States Army’s Fort Jackson. Military families are part of the fabric of our city. If you are a military spouse and would like to learn more about court reporting, contact our president, Deborah Dusseljee, for more information.