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Today military spouses are 24% unemployed and 54% underemployed. Despite sizable efforts by federal, state, and private entities to improve these statistics, the statistic struggles to change due to the very real challenges around maintaining dual careers without further disrupting our families during active duty life. This podcast celebrates significant others (S.O.'s) in various states of “unbecoming” by sharing conversations with military S.O.'s who explain how they are navigating the traditional workforce and actionable strategies from experts that can help all of us along the way.

SO Unbecoming with Jamie Muskopf Jamie Muskopf

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Today military spouses are 24% unemployed and 54% underemployed. Despite sizable efforts by federal, state, and private entities to improve these statistics, the statistic struggles to change due to the very real challenges around maintaining dual careers without further disrupting our families during active duty life. This podcast celebrates significant others (S.O.'s) in various states of “unbecoming” by sharing conversations with military S.O.'s who explain how they are navigating the traditional workforce and actionable strategies from experts that can help all of us along the way.

    SO Unbecoming Episode 21: Operations Project Manager, Candina "Dina" Janicki

    SO Unbecoming Episode 21: Operations Project Manager, Candina "Dina" Janicki

    My conversation with former Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) Site Manager now Operations Project Manager for MSSA, Candina “Dina” Janicki features a discussion of the dynamics of transition for military spouses, particularly when it comes to career, and how establishing a framework and identifying things you can, should, will and won't do for your career can be game changing as you go from duty station to duty station.  We explore why career continuity isn't always what we think it should look like but is achievable depending on how you look here. Dina and I dive into a few key approaches that I hope will help those of you who might be in a place of transition right now think about how to frame things as you move forward.

    Connect with Dina on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/candinajanicki/

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    • 55 min
    SO Unbecoming Episode 20: Engineering Site Supervisor, Rachel D'Ambra

    SO Unbecoming Episode 20: Engineering Site Supervisor, Rachel D'Ambra

    Episode 20 features my conversation with friend and fellow Navy spouse, Engineering Site Supervisor, Rachel D’Ambra. Not only is she a highly successful career woman, a 9 year Navy veteran, and mom of two, but she’s here to share her tremendous knowledge of the Au Pair program. As we know, child care can be THE biggest barrier to returning to work for many military spouses and I’m so thankful that Rachel was willing to share her extensive knowledge of how using the Au Pair program works. Get ready to take some notes, friends!

    To learn more about the Au Pair program mentioned in the show, visit https://www.aupairinamerica.com/ and do list Rachel D'Ambra as your referral if you don't mind!

    Additional legal information about this topic can be found here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/22/62.31

    NOTE: As a general disclaimer, the information shared here reflects the experiences and personal opinions of my guest and are not the opinions of her employer, the Department of the Navy or the Department of State. The details shared within about the Au Pair program or regulations regarding the Au Pair program are subject to change. Please visit the Au Pair in America website for the most up to date information or the Department of State website for more information https://j1visa.state.gov/programs/au-pair. 


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    • 38 min
    SO Unbecoming Episode 19: The Military Money Expert, Lacey Langford

    SO Unbecoming Episode 19: The Military Money Expert, Lacey Langford

    I am very excited to bring you a conversation I had some time ago with THE Military Money Expert Lacey Langford. Lacey helps SO MANY military families get their financial acts together and I thought she’d be a fantastic expert to have on this show because one of the hardest topics to discuss when you’re dual career, especially if it’s new or new again, is money! Lacey is not only a money expert but she’s a veteran, a mom, and a milspouse and I know you’re going to appreciate her tips today. 

    You can learn more about Lacey and hear her wildly popular podcast, The Military Money Show, at laceylangford.com


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    • 29 min
    SO Unbecoming Episode 18: Writer, Marla Bautista

    SO Unbecoming Episode 18: Writer, Marla Bautista

    Today's conversation features Marla Bautista, a professional writer, Army spouse, and mom. She shares a very personal story of how she got lost in military life and struggled in her marriage, only to rise above it by pursuing the work she loves and fighting to keep her family together. 

    Connect with Marla on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marlabautista/


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    • 28 min
    SO Unbecoming Episode 17: Founder and CEO Jaime Chapman

    SO Unbecoming Episode 17: Founder and CEO Jaime Chapman

    Jaime Chapman is an army veteran, active duty Army spouse, mom, and founder and CEO of Begin Within, which was recently named the #1 military spouse owned business this summer. She and her team have helped hundreds of women and men them get the careers of their dreams.

    Learn more about Begin Within: https://beginwithin.life/
    Learn More About Jaime: https://jaime-chapman.com/
    Connect with Jaime on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chapmanjaime/


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    • 27 min
    SO Unbecoming Episode 16: Veteran, Speaker, and Nurse Practitioner Elis Salamone

    SO Unbecoming Episode 16: Veteran, Speaker, and Nurse Practitioner Elis Salamone

    In our conversation, veteran, speaker, and nurse practitioner, Elis Salamone shares her thoughts on goal setting - something I know from personal experience can help us no matter what we’re trying to achieve and especially when we’re attempting to map out a career plan. Earlier this year I went to a LeanIn workshop she hosted which was inspiring and transformative and ever since, Elis has been speaking to audiences, most recently as a #IAmRemarkable facilitator. 

    Connect with Elis on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elissalamonewhnp/


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