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    Quote Originally Posted by bel2466 View Post
    Sounds like you may be well suited to occupational therapy ? Perhaps specialising in paediatrics ?
    Health professions will continue to be in demand as our population both increases and ages
    This is what I want to do! Are you an OT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freyamum View Post
    This is what I want to do! Are you an OT?
    No, but I work very closely with OTs and I'm also lecturing to OT's and other health science students so I know the course and the profession very well :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freyamum View Post
    Do you work in a child care centre? Early childhood is on my maybe list. Even found a graduate entry masters that I could do fully online (with placements). Tick tick. But people are putting me off the idea. Bad pay, would I really want to go back to looking after young kids all day when dd2 is at school? I love babies too. But what concerns me is how I'd feel in a centre having to look after 4 at once or more if 2 carers and the other one is busy changing nappies or comforting a baby? I couldn't bear to see a baby crying. And then I wonder what it would really be like day to day? I think all the child development theory appeals and I actually really want to do some more masters level study. But I fear the reality might be all this great theory, come in highly educated so centres can tick the box that they've qualified staff and its just basically babysitting? What I really wanted was to train as a child psychologist but I couldn't find a course in Sydney!

    OP what were you studying? Want to trade backgrounds and ideas of how you've got to this point? I don't know how you make money blogging but you would be good at that. I still remember a thread you started years ago about the trials of being a sahm. That was you right? Such a great way with words. Maybe you should write a book?? How important is making money out the new venture?
    Yes. I did before i had my children. Id love to go back now but it wouldn't be until my children are at school....however then there's care on holidays etc, which is how i concluded id like to branch off into kinder as id bee home most off the holidays etc and hours are not 6.30-6 etc.

    I worked back when ratios were 5 0-2yrs : 1 qualified (diploma) like myself.
    It was challenging but you Just learn to do tasks quickly and yo juggle. Im thinking of when i had a 12wk old and 4 who were between 15mnths-2.
    Things like. ..baby into a bouncer where you can see from bathroom and room. Change the older ones etc. Usually you can call for help if you need for a bit. I could always have called the director.
    You know the children well so you know if you can wizz in for 2 mins while you can still see and hear while they are playing etc.

    It really is more than babysitting. You need to document the children's development and follow national curriculum (eylf), there's alot of planning/programming/observation/reflection.
    Theres so many opportunities for learning during the day and it's an educators responsibility to expand on things and to inspire the children to experiment and investigate and try to succeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Tickle View Post
    Teaching. With a focus on special ed. A four year degree with disability studies tacked on the end. Which is why I'm so disappointed as I thought it would be my 'thing'. I started it so as to be able to assist my kids as well as end up in a profession I value and one which would support them and our lifestyle. The first inclination that I'd picked the wrong gig was some of the starting subjects but I thought, no, this is just first year nerves, I'll keep going. Then the subject prior to prac which was just so wanky I nearly passed out from the OMFG fumes. Thankfully my neighbour heard me fall of my chair and was able to revive me with a line of coke. (Okay, not really but the fantasy kept me from crying out in despair).

    Then I did the prac and that did it: I was inwardly thinking oh god no way and it wasn't the kids. I loved the kids. But not my thing. And I'm crushed by that as I value teaching and thought I might have been called to it.

    How did I get to this point? By squandering time and foregoing opportunities that would have led me elsewhere. Such is the beauty of hindsight. Oh and not thinking I was good enough. That mindset is a sure thing if you're not fussed on getting anywhere. As I have found out I worked in quite a few positions over the years (before children) and on a few occasions turned down the invitation to be sponsored through uni, essentially remaining unskilled. It's not the money that pushed me to pursue a degree but moreso becoming formally qualified at something so I could pursue a job once all of my kids were in school as well the chance to develop myself as well. I hate being on welfare. It's such a debilitating, soul crushing existence and many people don't realise that there are rules attached to being able to work with certain benefits. They just assume you don't because you can't be fkd. Yes, I did write about the trials of being a SAHM. What a memory you have! I can no longer find that thread in here anymore but remember a few good laughs out of it. And yes, I'm aware and very humbled by the compliments I've received regarding my writing but really it never occurred to me to write anything, let alone a blog. All I know is that I want to serve the community in some capacity. (The only caveat I have there is not social work and not child protection). I love to right wrongs and to help people.

    When I die, I don't want to end up on a cloud plucking a harp surrounded by other harp pluckers rehashing their days on earth as footballers, coroners, politicians, dancers and drag queens while I'm thinking, gee, life was grand on the couch.
    It's so hard when you think you've found something right for you and it doesn't work out. I did a BA majoring in psychology. I love psychology but by the final year didn't feel I wanted to be a psychologist. I preferred the developmental aspect rather than the clinical side of dealing with people with major mental health issues. So I travelled and partied and worked in admin / marketing for years. Then 10 years ago I got sick of always being the assistant / support and wanted my own work and a challenge. I read about this new emerging field of health psychology and felt it absolutely perfect for me. I saw a careers counsellor who said he'd never heard of it so there probably aren't jobs. But did I listen? Nope jumped straight in got my masters and yup no jobs! I got one interview to train to become fully qualified but I stuffed it up. Then I worked as a health data analyst. If I'd done more research into job prospects I would've done a masters in public health. Now I'm neither trained as a psychologist or a public health specialist like my colleagues. Health data analysis is really different in Australia to London so I never got a job here so now it's 9 years accidental sahm! The real irony is that the career advisor suggested occupational therapy but I had my blinkers on. Health psych turns out to be very different to what I expected.

    This time around I want to really do my research. I know people say that often you fall into the right role but at 43 I don't think I have the time to mess about hoping I get things right by studying what interests me. I've good analysis skills so going to try and use them to really research options before I study or look for work.

    At least having that bit of uni experience and practical has helped you move on before you were too invested? Could you spend some time thinking about what aspects of that experience you enjoyed and what you didn't as a starting point for finding an alternative course?

    I'm finding youtube helpful in that there are lots of videos of people talking about different careers / a day in the life of X etc. I've no experience with OT so I find these helpful to get some insight into what the job would really be like. I'm not looking for a dream job / find something I'm super passionate about, I just want variety and a challenge and not get bored. Mostly I'm scared if I don't study I'll end up working in retail or dull office job. I've done those and the boredom was so awful. Especially some temp roles where they need admin help to cover leave but there's only an hours worth of work to do! Tho that was 15 years ago probably not the same now most people can type their own correspondence?

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    I did a BA in design right out of school. completed it and was invited to do ho ours which I briefly started then never went back to. drifted for a couple of years then went back and did a BComm and now work as an accountant. is it my burning passion? no. but after carrying $35k in student for longer than i care to remember, I can't really afford to go back and start a third degree. I'm glad I've always finished the degrees I've started, at least I can say I have 2 degrees, not 1.67 degrees lol


 

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