Friday, June 12, 2009

Job hunt update

Just thought I'd update everyone on what the job plans are at this point. We ultimately decided not to go with the state patrol, but it did open us up to other options that we hadn't been considering.

Because the jobs hubby wants to apply for are dependent on an active security clearance, we have to wait for it to get renewed. It lapsed while he was deployed and he was told it would be good for 6 months after he got back. However, if anyone checked to see if it was active, it would only show up as lapsed. So no point in applying for those jobs yet. We finally got the paperwork (we weren't first in line), got it all filled in and sent back in (this week), and now we just have to wait for the investigation/verification process to be completed. Once that happens, we can start looking for a real job.

In the meantime, hubby is going to school full time (3 classes) and working part time. He's started his master's degree in Intelligence Operations, which will be very beneficial to his career. Once he gets a real job he'll drop down to one class at a time, but for now he's getting a good start. He's working for a guy that he worked for before his mission- then he did construction work, now he's doing inspections and installation of residential fire sprinklers in assisted living homes. The pay's not great, but it's somewhat flexible, which allows him to work on his schoolwork while still bringing in some money.

As for me, well, I'm still resisting going out and getting a job. We've been able to pay the bills so far, and I really feel that LMS benefits from the stability of having one parent around all the time. And, for all the schooling I've done, I'm not actually very employable. I haven't done anything with my Animal Science degree since I graduated; I've really struggled to keep a little Japanese in my head, but there's not much demand for people who know a little Japanese. I could do more with my massage therapy- I am current on my certification, though a bit out of practice. But it still goes back to spending time away from LMS.

I feel like I need to get a masters degree, but I'm still not sure in what. It has to be an online program- I can't go back to school full time in a traditional classroom setting without putting LMS in daycare or something, which I won't do- which limits my options. I've found a professional writing program that looks good, but I would need to confirm that they'll participate in the MyCAA program before I commit to anything there. I know hubby's school participates in the MyCAA program, but I'm not sure any of there programs would be really useful to me- I need to look into that some more. Realistically, now is not the right time for it, so I still have time to consider my options. Hopefully I'll be able to get started in a year or so, though.


  1. Sounds like you guys are busy! Is 'your hubby' getting his degree from AMU? Sheldon's contemplating starting the same masters program from AMU this fall.

  2. Yep. It's intense- a lot more work than his bachelor's degree, but the specialized degree will be so much more useful.