I'm a mum of an almost 2 year old, and I'm 10 weeks pregnant. I work in childcare, but now that I'm going to be a mum of 2, I really don't want to work in childcare anymore.
I already feel like my work is pushing me out of my job anyway, they have taken my days from 5 to two days a week and are trying to only give me lunch relief, which is only 2-3 hours a day. I mostly do all the cleaning there anyway. But the thing is I haven't finished my certification 3 and don't feel that I want to anymore, although my husband thinks it's a good idea, too.
I really just want out of the job and want to do something fun and less stressful till I'm due and have time of with me kids till I'm ready to get a good job that pays money.
Any advise on what I should do?
By Amanda from Qld
I'm assuming child care doesn't pay good money. So in that case having the certification may or may not matter if you are not going to continue. The only way it would matter is that it shows you went to the trouble of taking initiative. In this economy that may be worth zip. But did it matter before? Will it nag at you? Can you use it another field later?
How are jobs where you live? It may be that any job is a great job, let alone any job for a pregnant woman.
Other places, no problem. Do you know anyone who would hire you for 20-30 hours a week? Just because they know you. How about a toy store, or a maternity shop, or a second hand children's clothing store? Health food store? Cashier? What else do you know about not just in a job, but just know you can do.
Book store? Retail work isn't too hard physically, except you have to stand, but standing is easier than bending over for small children. I remember bending
as a problem, just as if it were yesterday. I worked in a college cafeteria during my first pregnancy; it was a 40 hour week, and hard. I was totally buffed at the end from lifting racks of dishes, etc. I wouldn't recommend hard physical labor, but counter work in a deli isn't bad though I wouldn't go past 6 months because of danger of accidents.
Then there are sit down jobs: phone related jobs.
Probably your very best bet.
I'm sure others here will have some helpful hints.
I have known people that work in fast food, retail, factory work, and different medical fields until the day they delivered. A lot of people's hours are being cut because of the economy. People where I live say employment and the economy are better where I live than in other places, but still I know of people whose hours have been cut or else the pay rate was decreased. I guess if a person needs a job it isn't a matter of it being a fun job, or even interesting, it's a matter of finding the job. My 18 year old grandaughter just got hired at a McDonalds, and this is her first full week and she is complaining she has three days that she has to be at work by 6AM, anyway I told her that was good for her and that she might see some pretty sunrises. This is a "kid' that prefers to sleep unitl noon, but also doesn't want to work anything like a swing shift or graveyard shift. Anyway good luck.
School districts have clerical jobs in school offices and libraries. Church offices and all the above mentioned. Get your self confidence in gear and go out there and find something.
You might enjoy working in a floral shop and learn something that may be useful to you later like creating your own arrangements for church or weddings, anniversaries and birthdays and get paid for your efforts. Build up your own business from home and decide how much time you desire to contribute, You'll have your children home with you. Have fun working with colors, live flowers, silk or dried and ribbons, bows and other accessories such as small figures of birds or butterflys and yes, even fruit arrangements whether it be artificial or real.
I suggest staying put for now. When you're pregnant it is very difficult to find anyone to hire you. I know this as I lost mine while I was pregnant. Also pregnancy clouds your mind sometimes, stick it out and re-think after you deliver. You also need to consider your husband in this and not place the burden of paying bills entirely on him now either. Good luck.
Personally I would stick it out until you're fully certified because that certification could be something you could use for a future career and maybe your own childcare business. You might be feeling the way you are right now out of frustration and hormonal changes due to pregnancy so please don't make any rash decisions. Please just take a deep breath and follow through and, whether you ever use that certification or not, you will be proud of yourself for finishing the original dream and never doubt and have the 'what if I would have followed through' thoughts.
Amanda, I am telling you from experience I also work in daycare. I am going back to school and getting my degree in Early Childhood. I don't know what your state laws are concerning working in a daycare but here you need some kind of education. I have been in daycare for 20 years and I am going back so I can stay in it. While you are young go on and get your certificate. You don't know what the future holds and you may have to go back in daycare one day and having your certificate will help. Good Luck with whatever you decide!
There are some good suggestions. Mine are to find a (few responsibilities) position in a retail field that you like and work positively in it until you have time to think about going back to school and/or whether you really want to. This is a good period to consider all the career changes you might make. At least in the U.S., unfortunately, child care isn't valued in dollars.
Licensed daycare in your home allows you to be there with your own children. My neighbor only takes school teachers kids so she has the good holidays off (her husband is a teacher too.)
My daughter-in-law went to college to do this profession and got burned out. She kept bringing home illness to her own 2 kids and she had issues with her own health. She is done doing daycare and is happy and healthy. She got creative with the job and found one closer to home, less hours, more pay. Sometimes you have to offer your work skills to others.
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