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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    me too! I actually finished my design degree before deciding it wasn't for me then went off and did commerce. and I'm still not convinced I'm doing what is right for me (whatever that may be!) lol
    I took several night school courses while I was pregnant (and able to leave work at a decent hour under the guise of exhaustion), but ultimately decided it was too much effort for not much money. This was specifically interior design.


    Quote Originally Posted by sunnygirl79 View Post
    Design was a great industry 20 years ago. Now with the Internet and ease of obtaining anything and everything cheaply and quickly online, I don't think designers are valued as much and people don't want to pay for originality. That and everyone with a Mac and some basic photoshop skills calls them self a designer. I can't be bothered competing with that anymore. I just don't think a majority of people or businesses appreciate good design and even less want to pay for it. This is a large part of why I don't want to go back into it.
    What sort of design were you in?
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    I'm an RN and I really enjoy it. It's very flexible for having a family. Although I am fairly lucky to not need to use Childcare. I currently have 2 jobs (both casual) one in aged care doing therapy with residents who have chronic pain I work 4 hours a week and can pick any days (non-fri) I like some days I do it all in one go when hubby gets home and others I do an hour or 2 each night. The second job is up at our local hospital just casual so work between emergency and medical unit. I just give my availability and work weekends or some days I start at 4:30 when hubby gets home if they need someone during the week.

    I am about to start a 3rd job one day a week at a GP practice I will put my girls into Childcare one day for this and it's 9-5 work. Very excited about this as community and one on one work is what I've always wanted to do.

    You could do your EENs first which is a diploma (18months) I did mine first and it helped me to know for sure I loved it. Then if you go on to study your RN you receive credit for it.

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    I'm a Childbirth Educator. I taught Science (11 & 12 Biology), SOSE and English for 5 years before realising that high school teaching wasn't for me. I used my maternity leave to study Childbirth Education and have been happy ever since! I absolutely love my job!

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    I'm a youth worker currently working in a housing program for 16-25 yr olds. I work for a charity, and our funding comes from the Government, but previous to this job I was always employed by a local council in the areas of child protection or youth services. Current job is part time, 20 hrs a week over three days so kids don't have to go to daycare full time.
    I've always been a youth worker and I love it.

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    I'm a youth worker for a NGO. I work 3 days a week and volunteer 1 day a week. I love it. I run programs , attend meetings etc. I've finally found my ideal job .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Poppy View Post
    Im thinking about looking into doing this. I have a childcare background, but couldnt go back to young kids.
    What did you have to study?
    You don't actually 'need' a qualification to be a TA, certainly your background in childcare would be helpful though.
    I am studying because I want to be qualified and move up into Special Education, which a Cert IV would put me head and shoulders over other candidates for the job.
    A qualification also equals a higher pay level. There are TA's at our school who have been there for years with no formal quals, but heaps of experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    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.
    I've read heaps of your posts about yoir family and how you juggle family Sonja and I have to admit it makes me smile. You're successful lawyer and only work school hours!!! That's awesome. I know you said you still respond to emails and calls but the fact that yoir not at the office for long hours is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freyamum View Post
    What kind of corporate training do you do?
    Sorry if my post was unclear - I don't do training, it was something that was suggested during the careers counseling program as an alternative option, but ultimately I ended up staying in digital marketing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bond Girl View Post
    I'm a youth worker currently working in a housing program for 16-25 yr olds. I work for a charity, and our funding comes from the Government, but previous to this job I was always employed by a local council in the areas of child protection or youth services. Current job is part time, 20 hrs a week over three days so kids don't have to go to daycare full time.
    I've always been a youth worker and I love it.
    I started a diploma of youth work by correspondence at the beginning of the year but found it a little too hard without face to face help and also having the kids with me 24/7 is a bit hard so I have put it off for a while and I am even thinking of maybe just doing cert III instead because I don't really want a higher role to start off with.. What are your thoughts? What is the money like also? I would like to do similar hours to you as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubbasmum View Post
    I started a diploma of youth work by correspondence at the beginning of the year but found it a little too hard without face to face help and also having the kids with me 24/7 is a bit hard so I have put it off for a while and I am even thinking of maybe just doing cert III instead because I don't really want a higher role to start off with.. What are your thoughts? What is the money like also? I would like to do similar hours to you as well.
    I have a degree, because that was the minimum requirement as a professional youth worker in the UK, then I moved here where that isn't necessary. I think to get high quality roles though a diploma is expected, or a degree in something related.

    The money is pretty good. I get around $33 an hour part time in QLD. More when I was in the ACT.

    I would say your plan of a cert 3 then getting some experience would be a good one, then you can always do some more study and go for different roles when you know what type of youth work you'd like to do because it's so varied :-)


 

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