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Career Question for CG Spouse
Last Post 28 Dec 2013 06:48 PM by tvcraig. 2 Replies.
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26 Dec 2013 03:55 PM
    My boyfriend just went into to basic and we live in the South were alot of major bases for the Coast Guard are. I just got my B.S. in Computer Science and I am a programmer for the state of Alabama. I worked hard for the job I have. I love my boyfriend and we plan on getting married but the idea of moving alot seems like it would kill my career chances. I love him to death though and will stick by him since he is also my best friend as well. I just need information that he couldn't give me.

     So I have a few questions.

    How long is someone assigned to a base(on average)?
    Should I start looking for federal jobs that can transfer rather than state ones?
    Or should I be ok with private sector jobs?

    Any information is appreciated. 
    -Tara
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    27 Dec 2013 11:52 PM
    Hmm. The average is 3-4 years every we time we transfer. A few cutter tours are 2 years. I am not sure how to answer your personal job question however. I think you have a good degree that would be easily transferable, however I think you will just be applying for a new job every time you guys move. Federal jobs is kind of similar to military transfers, where there are only certain openings at certain pay grades in certain areas at certain times. It would definitely be worth working into... But I think you might be relying more on the private sector.
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    28 Dec 2013 06:48 PM
    The time frame answer helps a lot. Most jobs in private sectors would probably have contract durations suitable to that time frame. My state job is similar to the federal setup in terms of transfer. So that won't be horrible to get used to. I'm just trying to get an idea of what I need to do to secure jobs in the future. Thank you
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