Christy Rose, Transaction Manager
As a military spouse, I’ve come to ask myself that question often. Why not try something new, step outside a comfort zone, or take an unexpected opportunity? When a friend told me about the Transaction Manager position, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to have meaningful employment that fits so perfectly into our constantly fluid lifestyle. What else would match my skill set and still be compatible with moving from one state to the next, juggling deployments with family obligations? I have spent the last several years pouring my organizational skills in to volunteer opportunities with fellow military spouses, so why not make the transition back into the workforce? I jumped.
It took a few late nights, but I dug out my resume and realized I could apply so much of what I learned within the spouse volunteer community to my job application as a transaction manager. While I may not have had a paycheck, I was most definitely working A LOT. During our time in Hawaii, I spent my days learning about and subsequently managing registration for the Joint Spouses’ Conference. By the end of my term, I had developed an organized information system that was ready to be passed on to the next chair, mitigating the difficulties inherent in military spouse volunteer communities: high turnover and limited continuity.
While this one particular event kept me quite busy for several months, I had other commitments as well.
After the birth of our first child, I decided to take up running. What started as a goal to run one mile turned into several half marathons, a marathon, and a connection with another group of spouses to volunteer with. My initial involvement was leading a group training for a 5k, but blossomed into being a co-coordinator for a group of over 800 members. I spent most of my time on the coordination team for Stroller Warriors Pearl Harbor managing orders placed with graphic designers and vendors: creating deadlines, timelines, and organizational tools to monitor each step of the process. While the running club is global, there was no standardized way to execute everything our large chapter required, so it was up to us to create the systems to manage it all. I’m beyond happy that I took the “why not” opportunity with this particular group. Not only did it help me to grow my skills in managing, coordinating and developing, it gave me a lifelong love of running and a global network of fellow spouses.
So here I am, 2 kids, 3 duty stations, countless miles and 7 years later, asking myself, “why not,” and ready to put the skills I’ve learned and refined into real estate transaction management.