Today's job lover, spends her time helping veterans, a much needed skill in today's world.
1. What is your occupation, career, job? Veteran Service Officer (VSO) for the town of Winthrop, MA, also part-time: CPR/1st Aid Instructor & waitstaff for a catering company. I luv all my jobs and have them for different reasons, but for the sake of this interview, I will use my VSO job.
2. How did you get into the field? I am retired Army (21 years) and was very involved in Family Readiness and community outreach. When I got deployed for DS in 91, we were the only military family in Winthrop that was going thru this. I reached out to the town VSO, who at the time was a very nice man and helpful. As I was doing more outreach, I then again contacted the town's VSO, who was a different man, who was NOT so nice or helpful. After asking me who I was, I then told him I was his replacement! That was 16 years ago! When I heard he was retiring, I applied, got interviewed, got hired!
3. Does your education background reflect what you do for work? My education is in Legal Studies, so yes that helps, as I am constantly researching laws, regs, and misc.
4. Give me three reasons why you like it? I am passionate about helping/assisting fellow Veterans &/or their family; I have a strong sense of Patriotism; being a Veteran & my family background has made me the person I am today and I feel this position was made for me.
5. What would you consider the stress level of your current occupation (1-10, 10 being the highest)? Sometimes under 5, sometimes over 5, a lot of times: 10!
6. If money was not an issue, would you still choose the same career path? Absolutely! And money is not the case here...
7. What is the hardest part about your job? The hardest part of my job is getting frustrated with the SYSTEM! Not being able to help a fellow Vet/family member out. There are a wide variety of regs and laws I have to follow, and sometimes, this is not the way something should be...& there is not enough time in a day/week to do this job the way I want to do it!
8.Did you always know this is the career path you wanted to take or were you diverted a few times? This was not my intended career path. I always wanted to be a civilian police officer/detective, but for health reasons, I was not able to. I then wanted to get my law degree and practice, but was not able to as I became a mom - which is ultimately what I wanted in life. Now that my kids are older, I am able to concentrate on my future!