WE TEAMED up with Digital Mums to offer military spouses and partners a fully-funded place on the organisation’s social media management course. It was tough to choose between so many worthwhile entries, but our winner is Sophie, a mum-of-three and Army wife of six years.

Sophie had been a stay-at-home mum, but when her youngest daughter started school she chose to return to work. As well as the usual difficulties that Service spouses face, she found that her disability meant she could not return to her previous career as a chef.

Great opportunity

Speaking about the competition, Sophie said: “I knew it was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss. I saw it by chance, did some research and thought this is how I want to work and have something that can move with me wherever we’re posted.

“The fact that the course was only 23 weeks long and could be studied from home was a perfect option.”

When Sophie found out she had won, she thought the ‘universe was listening’ to her. “I know it sounds silly,” she explained. “I was just so thankful because so many people applied and were all deserving. It gives me so much confidence to smash the course!”

Sophie is currently working through the basics of digital marketing, social platforms, tools and planning her own campaign.

She said: “The course is perfect because you can literally do it at any time and it is great for me since I live in the middle of nowhere and the nearest college is half an hour away.”

High hopes

Sophie has so many aspirations for after she has finished the course and would love to set up as a freelancer with her own business – but for now, she is just focusing on completing the course week-by-week.

Eventually, having her own career will give Sophie her own financial independence and sense of purpose. We’re looking forward to finding out what Sophie does next. You can follow her @minkaofficial

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