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    Default Depressed over job prospects. Anyone changed careers?

    I want to feel inspired on international women's day and be optimistic and believe that it's never too late to find meaningful work but all I feel is deflated again that I've wasted my only daycare day researching another dead-end. I have a masters in psychology but it's too old to use to train as a psychologist, but it was hard work to get and the idea of trying to get a job in a supermarket or do some basic re-skilling with a tafe certificate is not sitting well with me today. I'm not asking much just to find a graduate entry level course that I can do fully online that has job prospects at the end! Oh and that I'd be any good at so that rules out teaching. Sigh not sure point of this post except to wonder if anyone out there did find a meaningful job after long career break?!?!

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    it can be very hard. Is there a counselling or psychology related course that you can do to refresh your qualifications?

    There are a lot of areas where that kind of qualification would be a good background for I would have thought.

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    I am currently in the process of changing careers which hopefully i can jump into fully once my youngest is in school.
    I am starti g with a dual diploma all online and as I am almost finished I rang a place I would love to work at and asked if they did work experience for one day a week while ds is at daycare. I have been there a few weeks and the owner has decided to provide me with proper training whoch I am hoping will lead into a job offer.

    I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself because no one would hire me and decided to study in an area I am passionate about. As a sahm I have defiently had to put myself out there and prove to future employers that I am eager and driven as there are alot of younger (and cheaper) people out there now

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    Default Depressed over job prospects. Anyone changed careers?

    Would you look at social work or community services, in a more therapeutic-based setting? There's lots of opportunity in that area, and in my experience it's very family friendly.

    Edited to add I work with a lot of social workers, many of whom have re entered the workforce after having their kids They reskilled or upskilled via certificates in mental health or community services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankie46 View Post
    Would you look at social work or community services, in a more therapeutic-based setting? There's lots of opportunity in that area, and in my experience it's very family friendly.

    Edited to add I work with a lot of social workers, many of whom have re entered the workforce after having their kids They reskilled or upskilled via certificates in mental health or community services.
    I've been looking at social work but I'm not sure I have the right personality for it. I'd love to be in a job where I could make a difference and advocate for people who are struggling but I don't handle stress well anymore. I have a weird health condition that causes my hr to go wild when I feel emotionally stressed out. I just don't know if I could handle it unfortunately

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Poppy View Post
    I am currently in the process of changing careers which hopefully i can jump into fully once my youngest is in school.
    I am starti g with a dual diploma all online and as I am almost finished I rang a place I would love to work at and asked if they did work experience for one day a week while ds is at daycare. I have been there a few weeks and the owner has decided to provide me with proper training whoch I am hoping will lead into a job offer.

    I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself because no one would hire me and decided to study in an area I am passionate about. As a sahm I have defiently had to put myself out there and prove to future employers that I am eager and driven as there are alot of younger (and cheaper) people out there now
    I think what's frustrating me is not being able to find anything I'm really passionate about. I've considered doing the aba breastfeeding counselling course but without a health qualification I couldn't work as a lactation consultant so it's unlikely to lead to a job.

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    I'm confused how you cannot use your masters in psychology? The degree doesn't date? I'm a psychologist

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnieMouse81 View Post
    I'm confused how you cannot use your masters in psychology? The degree doesn't date? I'm a psychologist
    I didn't qualify as a clinical psychologist. I have a masters in health psychology from the uk but then I moved into public health. In order to be a registered psychologist I'd still have had min 2 more years of study but as my msc is now 11 years old I'd have to go back and do a diploma and then another 2 years or so. I think the rules changed maybe 5 years ago? It's also very competitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freyamum View Post
    I've been looking at social work but I'm not sure I have the right personality for it. I'd love to be in a job where I could make a difference and advocate for people who are struggling but I don't handle stress well anymore. I have a weird health condition that causes my hr to go wild when I feel emotionally stressed out. I just don't know if I could handle it unfortunately
    I understand - maybe look into some volunteer work, even just one morning a week, in a community services organisation? Then you're not locked into anything. I am a very nervous person too, but it's amazing how you cope when it's just 'work'. When you're in that position and doing your job, it's amazing how you can get through it - you might surprise yourself! Especially if you only did it part time - lots of the workers in my organisation work only 2-3 days a week, some only 2-3 mornings. It would be your 'you' time, your escape, your chance to be someone other than 'mum'. Advocacy would be a great starting point

    Just some ideas about how to 'test the water' without fully jumping in! Xxx

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    Would you do counselling?

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