Spouse Series: Minimizing Transition Stress
by Janet Farley, Contributing Editor
Article Sponsored by: CCSD/Troops to Teachers
Get a job. Unless you have squirreled away a comfortable nest egg or you’ve hit the lottery, the bills are still going to need to be paid. In the survey noted above, 40 percent described employment transition as difficult or very difficult. IÕm going to go out on a ledge here and vote for very difficult, particularly if you and your uniformed spouse have not prepared good resumes or researched the requisite job markets. While it's true getting a job seems to come easier to some than others, one thing is for sure. You have transition resources, both on and off the installation, available to you. Use them. Even if you think you know it all, you will both benefit from the networking piece that comes along with it.
Get smart about your benefits. Identify and learn all you possibly can about your various potential benefits and entitlements. Some of them may have a limited shelf life so you want to know that now before you lose the opportunity to use them. To begin learning about them, visit the transition assistance program (TAP). Yesterday. You can find the TAP on your military installation or online at https://www.dodtap.mil/.
Save money now. You may have a retirement or disability check to look forward to but those things may take time to kick in. On the other hand, you may not have anything like that to count on in your specific situation. Either way, cash flow can be a critical issue as you move from a military life to a civilian one. It will be a smoother transition for everyone in the family if you’ve adequately saved for it. This is that rainy day everyone warned you about. Be prepared. Visit the financial readiness program on the nearest installation if you want or need more information on how to do this.
Janet Farley is a job search and workplace issues expert and the author of ”The Military Spouse’s Guide to Employment: Smart Job Choices for Mobile Lifestyles,” (Impact Pubs, 2013) and “Quick Military Transition Guide: Seven Steps to Landing a Civilian Job,”(Jist, Inc. 2013).
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