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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