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    I definitely value my role as a mother and get a lot of satisfaction from it. But I also want to have a successful work life, I have always had a job since I was legally old enough and like being financially independent. I also want my kids to see me working outside the home and/or studying (when they are older in particular, I'm ok being home with them while they are so young).

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    Cue i totally understand how your feeling..you've worked hard to get where your at. It's easier to make the decision when you jave a generic job like mine. Ot was kinda hard at the start to do my job because you didn't need my 8 years of experience to do it. But it pays so well casually and if i wanted to work full time all year there's nothing to stop me. They even offer weekend overtime with penalty rates! If you end up being made redundant why . not search for casual work in a similiar role as the pay will be much better or find something else in a more senior role in a casual or short term capacity.

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    And Cue your already successful no matter what you end up doing!

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    Well, they just called and offered me a redundancy lol. We're officially in a consultation phase and the final decision will happen later this week but it's all just formalities. The payout isn't too bad but I need to review the breakdown to make sure they have included everything I'm entitled to.

    Scary times!

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    Yes look over it all. I hope this is a smooth transition for you

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    I'm sure Cue that whatever you decide thay it will be the best thing for you. Maybe taking the redundancy will guvw you heaps of financial freedom to decide which path u want to take career wise. Good luck with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Nomsie View Post
    This has been on my mind lately. I am a primary school teacher but since having dd and having to give up my previous position, I have had zero luck in finding a position in the town where I live.
    Lately I have been wondering if I am better to find a job elsewhere, maybe doing office admin or similar but
    1. I love teaching
    2. What did I spend 4 years at uni for? It seems like such a waste
    3. I still haven't paid off my HELP debt, and if I take a job earning less money then that debt will effect what I take home, especially as I would be paying for childcare as well- leading me to think that if I can't or won't change careers then I am better off being a SAHM.

    But then am I? It's very confusing. My wallet says change careers and take any job, my heart says stick with it and something will come along...
    Have you thought about coordinating after school care programs? A lot of the coordinators in my company have teaching backgrounds. You would still be working with kids only the programming, routine and hours are a little bit different. And if you find the right organisation you will usually receive discounts on childcare as well. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GemimaPuddleduck View Post
    Have you thought about coordinating after school care programs? A lot of the coordinators in my company have teaching backgrounds. You would still be working with kids only the programming, routine and hours are a little bit different. And if you find the right organisation you will usually receive discounts on childcare as well. Just a thought.
    So you work for a company that hires the coordinators? I'd've regionally and not sure if the coordinators here are hired through a company or if the job is just advertised and anyone can apply iykwim?!

    I know the coordinator at my boys school doesn't have the best rep- a friends pulled her boys out citing boredom.

    Having said all that- there are only 4 primary schools here locally and I think their programs are all covered. I just can't travel any further- it's too hard with my boys at school now (previously travelled 100km a day).

    It's a good idea though and something to think about

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    I'm a coordinator at one of their centres and they have 2 coordinators at other centres who are qualified teachers, not qualified in childcare.
    You could always look into a family day care centre, you only require a cert3 in childcare which isn't too difficult to obtain. Then you could work from home and decide your own hours and fees. You could run it as an after school care program as that's the age you're confident with. It's worth investigating.
    The centre where the children are bored, is it run by the p&c or government based? You could always try to appeal to the parenting committee to join the team. If you make the right changes then you could quickly be moved to management.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cue View Post
    Can I ask what you're studying? My issue is also finding a balance between pay and distance to travel to work. My current job pays well but it's a 1hr40min commute each way. It's worth it for the money but if I was on less money we would consider whether it was worth it.

    We also don't have family that can look after the kids so we have to consider the cost of childcare, so I'd need to be on enough to make it worthwhile. After the rebate (we don't qualify for CCB) it will cost us about $300 per week in childcare fees for 3 days care.
    Sorry, I just saw this.I am studying psychology – it’s a specialised area of psych though, and funding (and hence jobs) seems to be hard to come by at the moment.


 

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