Last edited by bubbasmum; 28-05-2016 at 22:49.
I am wondering if there is something else I can do with my teaching qualification - if I indeed complete it. The thought of being a full time high school teacher isn't appealing at this time in my life. Later on maybe, I know it can take a long time to find the right job in the right school though.
Part time, flexible or school-type hours with school holidays off would be ideal. Not asking for much am I 😂
Maybe relief teaching?
It would be easier if my DH didn't work away, but that's not about to change. We recently had a discussion where I told DH if he is going to continue in his industry (requiring travel) I can't do much with my career for at least 5-10 years. But I will still need to work sometimes for income, and I will need a career once the kids are older etc.
In the burbs, this wasn't possible but i had 2 days booked every week then registered with a big agency. They had an online system where they knew which days I was available and I could go in and change it if hubby was home. Being a big agency and living in a suburb with lots of schools/kids, I got work every day I was available for the 6 months that I did that.
I think each job can have levels of stress. I think in terms of social work, workload pressures, limited resources, never ending line of people needing assistance all can contribute to stress.
It really depends on the area of social work you do. Personally I found child protection too much for me and tested my values too much at every turn.
I didn't personally enjoy working in disability services. I found I didn't connect with the client group so that work became a passion.
But housing and homelessness, it just fit.
I think if you find an area of social work that suits your personality type, then it might be a great avenue for you.
You can actually be TOO strong a personality for social work. If you come at it as though you'll "fix" people and you can sort their lives out, In my experience, you won't last long.
Centrelink employs social workers
Department of human services or DOCS, any number of community services and hospitals.
A couple of the best social workers I've ever met worked from the local hospital's mental health department, with women experiencing post natal depression and anxiety. They were amazing.
The pay tends to be rubbish unless you get a Government role. I'm in a rural setting though, so things may be different in metro areas.
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