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    Default Tell me about your awesome job!

    So having my second child has got me questioning my career path yet again. I have been working in the same industry (design) for 18 years, and seen a lot of changes in this time. I no longer enjoy, or have any passion about what I do. And it's difficult to find part time work that fits in with family hours etc. I have tried working for myself and didn't enjoy it.

    I started studying (part time) my graduate diploma in education (view to become a secondary teacher) last year but have deferred this year due to Bub #2 and am now questioning whether to continue the course - no guarantee I will get a job and from what I hear, apart from Christmas holidays, teaching doesn't work very well with school hours anyway.

    So, for a bit of fun and potential inspiration, what is your job? Why is it so great? How does it fit in with family life? How did you get into the industry, what study was required etc?

    Keeping this open to any hubbers that LOVE their job.

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    Subbing for inspiration 😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by binnielici View Post
    Subbing for inspiration 😊
    lol me too! 😂

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    I love my job but it's one that's not for everyone so don't think it'll help 😂

    I'm a nurse, and have worked with kids for nearly 10 years now.

    It's an amazing job if you love it, heaps of flexibility once you've been settled a while and I get great job satisfaction. If you don't like it it's hell and I know plenty of nurses who need to bite the bullet and admit it's not for them, but after 3+ years of study that's not easy to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    lol me too! 😂
    Me three!

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    Default Tell me about your awesome job!

    I love my job now but it's taken me 20 years to reach this point. I'm a lawyer who specialises in construction infrastructure and aviation. I now consult to the industry. I work only school hours but am available by phone or email at all times. If I can't do something quickly I do it after the kids are asleep, or having dinner etc.

    I hated working in a law firm once I had kids despite being able to get the juggle almost right. I hated the long days and never spending enough time with the kids.

    I've found as my kids get older they need me more. Once they're home from school there is no downtime. It's dinner, bath, homework and just being with them. They're tired but want me around. So I hang out with them. Even if they don't want to talk we just are in each other's space. Sometimes my 5 year old son just wants to hug.

    My advice is get as much experience as you can then find something you can be valued at and can adapt to your industry. It's certainly not easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post

    My advice is get as much experience as you can then find something you can be valued at and can adapt to your industry. It's certainly not easy.
    This is what I did and then my industry fell flat on it's face 😒

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    This is what I did and then my industry fell flat on it's face 😒
    That's hard as there's so little you can do. It happened to DH before we had kids and he took quite a few years to find something else.

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    Default Tell me about your awesome job!

    I LOVE my job. Love love love it. I'm a Uni lecturer. It's very flexible (no start/finish times and can work from home pretty much whenever I want) and very rewarding.
    But the downsides are that it is not secure (contract is up in February which I'm sure will be renewed but maximum 2 years again, have had this contract for 4 years now) the pay is very average given the responsibility, and the flexibility is balanced by the hours. When it's busy it's crazy nervous-breakdown busy and then there are quiet times to regroup. It was much worse before I went on Maternity leave as I was also the first year coordinator responsible for 300 first year students commencing the degree so lots of pastoral support, transition programs, workshops, orientation stuff. That was crazy. I'm only back part-time so I'm only teaching no admin at present and that is much easier but I miss that support role.
    I love teaching, I'm not sure if I would want to teach in a school but I love what I do. The lack of job security will likely see me resign at the end of my contract (please don't quote my post) and go back to my old government job which paid well, less responsibility/hours and security of permanency. Devastates me as I'd love to have my job for life 😔
    To get here I did my undergrad then honours and started with casual tutoring 12 years ago which I kept up while I worked full time in the field for 10 years and did postgrad study. Then when I was looking for a career change in 2012 they put me on contract up from casual. I've been so fortunate and so indebted to my team who have supported my career.

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    Default Tell me about your awesome job!

    Me four! I am dreading going back to work.

    Funny enough design is something I considered going into.


 

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