“I’ll never find a job.” Yep, those were my first words as a military wife that was going to be living 4 states away. I knew nobody. I didnt have a clue what I was getting myself into. I always knew that phrase, “its all about who you know.”
At 16 years old, I got my first job as a cashier at a grocery store. I was a junior in high school. I didnt know what it was like to work at such a young age, because I had everything handed to me in my life. I held that job for 4 years. Four crazy, happy, depressing, and exciting years. I was pretty content with this job, until I found out I wanted to do more with my life.
At this point, I knew I was engaged to my husband now. We got married pretty fast, but it only felt right in the moment and I was ready to be his wife. I only knew that I wanted to pursue more in life and I knew going to college was always a dream of mine. I graduated high school in 2011, and I was still a cashier. I had more worth than this. Making minimum wage and fixing to be starting college, I needed to set my mind more on the prize than worrying about making $7.25 an hour.
When I started college, I loved the life as a freshman. I wanted more out of life and I was going to do that no matter how bad things sucked for a while. I went to college full time, along with making my dreams come true to be a phlebotomist.
College student by day, Vampire by night. I was so excited to start a new journey as something more in life. It was a dangerous job, but I was willing to take a risk. I dedicated every weekend of my summer to take a 10 week course being a phlebotomist. I used the military to help me, MyCAA, was absolutely amazing and I couldnt have done it without them! I only had to pay $60 out of my pocket and I was going to become a phlebotomist before I knew it.
I became certified in 10 short weeks and I was estactic. I found a job, luckily. Although, four months later, I quit. I was upset, but knew this was my only option. My husband decided that after 8 months of being out of the military, he decided to go back in. I was ready to move with him. I was willing to give up my last 3 years I worked so hard for to move with my best friend.
I threated to quit and leave everything behind me to go be with him. There was one problem. I still had one more semester of college in front of me. He told me not to quit and it wouldnt be worth it. He knew what was best for me, so I stayed and finished school. Best decision I ever made.
I graduated college in 2015, and I left for Texas. Alright, here we go. I’ll never find a job. I just graduated college and I have hardly no experience in anything. I have a Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Administration and nobody was going to hire me. Seven months, and I applied for numeous jobs that I was offered, but declined. I wasnt going to accept less than I deserved. I finally accepted at that moment, I was a military spouse. Nobody wanted to hire someone temporarily. I should’ve accepted those other jobs.
Finally, September 2015, I found an amazing job! They fullfilled everything I was looking for and I made amazing friends in the process. They kept me sane while my husband deployed in 2016, and they kept me going everyday at work. I was so grateful for the opportunity they had given me.
Two in a half years went by, and it’s time to PCS. I was devastated, but I knew having a fresh start was good for the both of us. Family was home and thats where we were sent. Fort Stewart, GA. Our new home for a little while.
When I came here, I was offered a job. I hated it. I had never felt more out of place, and I still do to this day. I miss my old job, my old friends, and our old home. I know I have to give this place a chance. Thats what everyone says. I have to accept that not everything is going to be roses and rainbows. Military life is hard, excrutiating, and painful, but there is something worth it in the end.