It’s not something I’ve talked about too often on the blog but I am a military spouse. From the early days of Lilyotron, while I posted from the abroad or wrote about my virtual reality startup, my husband donned his uniform and headed to post to report for the day’s duties.
I am grateful for a career, especially one that is remote work friendly. Unfortunately, not all spouses are lucky enough to take their careers with them from military post to military post.
That’s why I am so excited to announce that I joined the Society for Military Spouses in STEM (SMSS) as their Content Manager! I learned about SMSS earlier this year, although the organization has been around since 2016. Their mission is to support active and retired military spouses in STEM fields reach their full potential and to create a positive impact by advocating for military spouses with technical interests.
I’m so excited to have found this professional organization because it for people just like me. I’ve joined military spouse support groups and other professional organizations but I never felt quite at home. Something was missing.
Working in STEM fields has its own challenges and lingo. Combine that with the military and you’ve got a unique scenario. Being a military spouse is a lifestyle and it takes a certain type of person. You have to be patient, independent, and I believe, be someone who can laugh at the little things.
If you’re a military spouse, especially one interested in STEM, please reach out and say hello!