Lainy described much better than I ever could, the struggles we have in finding a job, much less a career. Think they're the same? Think again. A job is something I do to make money (IMO), whereas a career...well, it's where I have a drive to go further in the field and go as far as my being will allow - breaking down glass ceilings and such.
Those glass breaking opportunities don't come around very often when you are in this lifestyle. There are always exceptions to the rule, don't get me wrong, but more often than not, we are pigeon-holed into low paying, limited advancement "opportunities" (I use that word very lightly). I know some extremely successful business women who also happen to be CG wives, and they have worked - and continue to work - very hard to get where they are and they deserve every bit of it. This is for the rest of us - myself included.
So, what can one do to get out of this rut? Every person must look at their own situation and make a plan to get where they are going.
- If you are in a place that you just can't seem to find anything, how about work on furthering your education or using your degree to become an adjunct professor at a local community college. I've found that many local colleges love the "outsiders" to come in and teach, because they bring with them fresh ideas and experiences.
- Discover another field you are interested in - it could be closely related to your current field or something entirely new that you've always wondered "what if" - and pursue it. What better time is there?
- Try to find a need in the community that is not currently being met and create a plan to meet that need. It could be a new business or a new non-profit organization.
- And since I brought up non-profits, volunteer! There are so many wonderful opportunities and you could use your expertise to aid in the development and betterment of the community - in turn giving yourself another line or three on your resume while also fulfilling your own needs and desires.