What sort of job might be right for me?

What sort of job might be right for me?

It’s strange to think that, this time four years ago, I was officially about to be made redundant from my job. It all seemed a bit of an unknown leap of faith to take redundancy, but both Damian and I felt it was the right decision for us at the time.

Fast forward four years and we are about to mark Mr H’s first birthday (seriously how did a year pass so quickly!?!?!?). I can genuinely say I don’t miss my old job in the slightest. I think doing what I was doing had run it’s course and I was ready for a change. Of course there are things about work I miss; a nice hot coffee and pastry – our payday ritual. The time to read and think without hearing ‘mama, mummy, mummy’ incessently.

I do wonder though what sort of work I might do in the future. It’s a topic that I’ve been asked about a lot; especially before Mr H was born. I really don’t know what sort of job I’d be suited to now and I guess that means I’m fortunate that finding a full time job isn’t in the plan at the moment. Home educating the children means that I’ll be at home for the next few years, and in any case the jobs market, at the moment, isn’t the easiest when you’re looking for a job that works well with care commitments too.

I can’t see myself going back into an office environment; I’ve done that and whilst I enjoyed it for a time, it’s not what I want to do now. I think I’d want to do something more creative and something that nurtures and supports people. Some people have suggested I’d make a good teacher, but realistically that’s not a career for me with my own family. Others have suggested that perhaps being a childminder might work well – being able to pick and choose the days and hours that suit me, and I’m pretty well geared up resources wise!

I think I’d like to do a job that has a purpose and has a real tangible outcome for the people you work with. Jobs I’ve done in the past have felt too far removed from the end user; the person who is impacted by the work I am undertaking. Perhaps looking at social work jobs might be better for me as I have seen the impact first hand so many times of what good social work looks like.

For now, however I’ll quietly mark my four years of non employment and be thankful that I’ve been able to spend this time with the children and continue to focus on sharing the things we do as we give others ideas and inspiration. I’m thankful I’ve been able to develop a whole new range of skills and watch the children develop their own little personalities. I know that when I do, inevitably, return to work, my skills set will be enhanced by this period of time I have spent at home. And if nothing else, I’ll be able to manage a whole host of tasks one handed!

 

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  1. 20th June 2017 / 21:53

    I often have similar thoughts. It’s nearly 5 years now since I took voluntary redundancy whilst on maternity leave. Like you I was in an office, and like you I don’t want to do that again! I’d like to work with kids, or in a job which helps families, but no idea what that’ll look like yet. Fortunately I’ve got a few more years to work​ it all out, I’ll wait until the 1 year old is in school.

  2. 21st June 2017 / 13:38

    Life can change our paths and we can change it too. I know I will eventually have to work somewhere properly but for now I like to mull it over too. Good luck with your decisions. Social work could be really rewarding.

  3. 21st June 2017 / 20:19

    I think about this too, I have been at home for nearly 7 years now and I can’t see myself going back into an office environment. Possibly back into childcare but then I am not sure if I would suit that now as my ideas on the system have changed!

  4. 21st June 2017 / 21:52

    It’s a big decision. I hope you find what’s right for you.

  5. 22nd June 2017 / 12:55

    It must be tough thinking about jobs and going back to work after such a long break, you’re lucky that you don’t need to at the moment x

  6. 22nd June 2017 / 16:43

    Thinking about different jobs and going back to work in general after a few years off must be tough. It is good you have plenty of time to think about it and make the right decision for you and your family.

  7. 22nd June 2017 / 20:27

    Enjoy your time with the kids. I’ve had the last 18 months off work, and I may well soon be returning. But in the meantime I shall enjoy time with the kids.

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    22nd June 2017 / 20:41

    It can be tricky to find something that suits your own circumstances. I think priorities change and parenthood teaches new skills which could be useful to an employer

  9. 22nd June 2017 / 21:29

    This is the position I’m in too. It’s so hard to see myself in any job after 7 years at home!

  10. 22nd June 2017 / 22:30

    It’s strange how much your perspective changes after becoming a parent, isn’t it? I work two days a week but no longer feel quite the same about the work as I did. My son starts school in Sept so I hope to use the extra time to make more money from my blog and begin work on a book. Good luck with whatever you choose for your future x

  11. 23rd June 2017 / 08:57

    I home school too, so I work from home and it suits us perfectly. I hope everything works out for you whatever you choose to do 🙂 x

  12. Sarah Ann
    23rd June 2017 / 17:50

    I’ve been wondering the exact same situation. It’s strange because years ago I was in my office job and I got to wrapped up in the daily 9-5 then I didn’t really stop and consider if it was truly what I wanted. Starting to work for myself was the best thing I ever did though and opened so many more doors for me. I hope you end up in a job you love but until then, enjoy these years with your children.

  13. 26th June 2017 / 09:07

    That’s so great that you are thinking what you really want now and what would make you happy. I think sometimes I can seem like the only or best option is to just do what you want before, which doesn’t always turn out great for your wellbeing. Good luck 🙂

  14. 26th June 2017 / 11:15

    It is very difficult when you are a parent to find the right balance of work and home life.

  15. 27th June 2017 / 22:31

    i am the same- i am self-employed now and often think have i done the right thing. makes me happy though!

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