One of the perks of being made redundant, is the opportunity to broaden your horizons, to explore new career options and to re-evaluate the shape of your future. Having made the transition from career woman to mother, the timing couldn’t have been better to take time out with the kiddos whilst considering an alternative career path.
Having this time to focus on my family is my current priority, but it’s always there in the background – the burning question…what do I want to do next?
Just last month, at an impromptu breakfast trip to an all too familiar hang out, an advertisement for the job of my dreams caught my eye. It got me thinking about how maybe a short term casual position in a totally different role would be a welcome break from the day to day grind of stay-at-home-parenthood, and bring in some much needed extra pennies for Christmas.
Plus, I’m definitely a hat person, and green is my favourite colour.
Back at home I scrutinised the online application and started mentally considering childcare options.
And then, my dreams were shattered. To be an elf at our local Garden centre, you need a valid DBS certificate – something I’ve never needed before so do not possess. I even looked into getting one, but the deadline was too close. I was pretty gutted – I could have shown the elves from last year a thing or two about Christmas excitement and how to belt out a rendition of Jingle Bells.
So what are my other options? Here’s a few I’ve mulled over, in-between planning my play dates, coffee mornings and meal agenda for the week…
I’d never considered myself a writer before, but then again I’d never considered myself a blogger before. It seems the two go hand in hand, and some successful bloggers have made the transition to kick ass writers. Having sat through the pitch to publication talk at blogfest this year, I couldn’t help but wonder if I have a book in me? All I need is an idea…hmmm…
I’ve always felt that teaching is something I’d love to do. I come from a family well stocked with teachers, and the idea of following a more vocational route is so appealing, having spent the last 17 years working in the corporate world. Having a Biology degree already, there are bursary schemes available for trainee teachers. But then, teaching gets a pretty bad press. Yes the holidays fit in well with a family, but does the stress, the long hours, the bureaucratic constraints I’ve heard so much about? Maybe now’s not the right time.
Feeling somewhat of an unprofessional blogger currently, this could be a possible progression. Steps probably needed to up my game include 1) Making the blog look a bit slicker 2) Upping the content creation to more regular publishing 3) Finally cracking the monetisation thing 4) Blogging outside of naptime and after bedtime when half asleep and in my PJs in front of the TV. Hmmm.
My dream job as a little girl, which still resides inside me somewhere. I can’t visit an animal sanctuary, conservation centre or zoo without hearing that little voice inside wondering if I could still make it happen? The sad reality is that underpaid and overworked, under-qualified and oversubscribed makes this not a very viable career option.
If what we’re talking about here is an opportunity to stretch the mind and the legs beyond the same four walls, the idea of an altruistic donation of my time is quite appealing. Of course, this requires not only some pretty robust financial stability, but the ability to also have your kids taken care of. So, maybe if they were at school or nursery, and one’s brain was rotting away it’s a viable option? Not so much if it’s costing you £6 an hour in childcare?
What if I could think of that perfect product, the one that would make every parents dreams come true. It could be the making of me, and change the world for the better. I’m thinking guys, I’m thinking…
Now there definitely is one gap in the market – a NICE place for Mums to hang out, where tea flows like wine and the children can play freely, free from the smell of grease. Think all the fun of soft play, with all the class of your local tea room. Boom. Goldmine. Although I’m kind of thinking I want someone else to create this place so I can frequent it, as opposed to run it.
I guess what I really want is a well paid, local job which is part time and allows school collection and term time only. I want to feel mentally challenged, but without any stress. I’d love to try something new, but I don’t want to start right at the bottom. The option to work from home would be nice, but it’d also be good to get a change of scene. I’d love to be my own boss, but have the support of an organisation. Work independently, but as part of a team towards a common goal. I want it all, but not at all.
Maybe I’ll just keep thinking…and pop the kettle on…