Like many military spouses, An Truong relocated frequently with her active duty husband, struggling to find employment and build a new social circle in each new duty station. In 2013, An and her husband moved from Texas to San Diego, California. An spent two frustrating years looking for a job – despite the fact that she’d earned an MBA and worked as an information analyst in the banking industry. So An began to look for volunteer work and soon found the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS).
As an NMCRS San Diego volunteer, An quickly connected with a new circle of friends and developed valuable work skills. Initially, An worked in Team Support. Given her business background and desire to learn more about marketing, An soon found herself taking on the role of Communications Lead. During her 1 ½ years, she gained valuable marketing experience and made new professional and personal connections. “I’d spent my days talking to a toddler” says An “At NMCRS, I was able to get back into the groove of office life, regain my confidence, and speak with other adults!”
An frequently volunteered to represent the Society at military resource fairs where she began to make connections with other service organizations. Soon, she was hired by the Naval Base San Diego Fleet & Family Support Center as a Work & Family Life Consultant, offering information, referrals, and job search assistance to local military spouses and families. From there, she found employment as a marketing coordinator for a major corporation.
“Volunteering with NMCRS was my stepping stone into paid employment” says An.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, or refresh your resume, consider volunteering with your local Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. For more information and eligibility visit our website at www.nmcrs.org/volunteer.
By Laura Weston