committed, resilient, independent

Struggling to sustain a career due to frequent house moves, Kate jumped at the opportunity to join the RFS Liquid Workforce. Her efforts and commitment were rewarded and she now works for BAE, enjoying time at home, with her family whilst achieving professional satisfaction – no matter where the military moves her.

What is your career background?

I worked in recruitment for the last 5 years within the Health Care sector and the MOD.

Why did you approach Recruit for Spouses?

I wanted a flexible role that could move wherever my husband was posted. Also, I was fed up with having to start over and say goodbye to colleagues. After being married and part of the Armed Forces life for nearly 20 years it’s hard leaving friends when posted but leaving a job and work colleagues that I love, was starting to wear thin.

Can you tell us a bit about the process you undertook with Recruit for Spouses?

I firstly spoke to Heledd last year, but agreed, due to my existing situation, the timing wasn’t right. When my husband got posted to Windsor, I realised I was going to be living close to Bracknell (where the liquid workforce training takes place). And because of the move, I was now out of work. It was the ideal time to make the transition. I posted on the Recruit for Spouses Facebook page and then spoke with Katy in more detail to get the ball rolling.

What challenges did you face in the search for your new job?

The only challenge I faced was the time it took to get up and running (with security clearances) as 3 months after arriving in Windsor we were moving again. I wanted to be set up and working before we were posted as I knew if there were any issues Bracknell wasn’t to far away to go to the Head Office.

Can you briefly explain the job you do.

I am currently on the scheduling team for BAE. Essentially, this entails booking interviews and creating interview packs to be sent to candidates. Alongside this is constant communications with the main team in Belfast and Recruiters.

Why is being in work so important to you?

I want to continue having my independence and to show my kids that if they work hard they can achieve the career they want.

What difference has being back in work meant to you?

I was fortunate enough to only be out of work for a short period of time. However having to live off my last paycheck for 3 months was a struggle. When my first pay hit my bank account, the joy it felt to be able to treat my kids before the end of the summer holidays was quite overwhelming.

As a military spouse, what has been your biggest obstacle when trying to balance work/kids/your spouses’ military commitments?

I didn’t find my work life balance particularly hard before, however the struggle I faced was proving my commitment to companies I was interviewed or employed by. Being a military wife and people knowing/understanding the military life, that I would at some point move on without knowing the exact timeframe, definitely counted against me. RFS have given me the time to be at home with our son in the holidays when he’s home from boarding school, mum guilt has diminished massively as I’m here if he wants to chat (and he’s not on his PlayStation!).

What advice would you give fellow Military spouses who want to get back into work, retrain for a new career or start their own business?

Take a look at the Recruit for Spouses Liquid Workforce! It is not a scam, it is a genuine job offer! I cannot believe more military spouses aren’t chomping at the bit to get on board. All equipment is provided, and the support is there for you over the phone. RFS are offering an amazing and unique opportunity in the liquid workforce within the recruitment world, with the added benefit of the potential to get a perm contract with AMS. So many doors can be opened!