Do I really know what I want for 2020 career wise

My last post was me focusing on a change of career in 2020. I was adamant that I wanted out of being a Teaching Assistant. I wanted a full time administrative role that would see me earning more money. I don’t want to be a Teaching Assistant anymore, there is no career progress, I do not want to be a Teacher or a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.

My job is course has it’s plus points, supporting the children, watching their progress and their individual personalities keeps me going in every day. I always said to myself though that once my children are older I would move on.ย  That time has come.

Job Searching

However it isn’t as easy as I imagined finding another job. There are literally hundreds of jobs out there I know, I must have sent out about 20 plus CV’s to various companies last week who were advertising for admin staff. I received two responses, both offering me an interview. What I didn’t realise until the weekend was, what a huge impact me getting another job with longer hours would have on my family and home life.

Miss M would have to stop her clubs after school as it’s me that takes her. Miss C would have to stop the gym as I go with her, due to Miss C’s anxiety, she is unable to attend the gym alone.

I wouldn’t see my children for long in the evenings. The thought of coming home at 6pm is not one that fills me with happy thoughts.

Miss M would have to attend an after school club for several days and Miss C would have to pick up on other days. This would be ok for a little while but not for hours every day and half terms, I would really miss the half terms with my kids.

Saturday night I was unable to sleep, I was over thinking and getting myself into a state about my job, money and wanting a career move, I wrote in my paper journal the pros and cons. The pros outweighed the cons significantly.

The only pro on going full time in an office was the money and the challenge of learning new skills.

I decided to turn down both interviews. What is the deal with working 9-5.30 or longer! I’m sure it was always 9-5 or 8-4.

For now

I still want a career change. I think an admin job term time only would suit me.

My head is feeling calmer since I pulled an all-nighter Saturday night and had a headache most of Sunday. Writing things down really does put things into perspective.

I am so grateful for what my job brings me, ok the money could be a lot better and I do want to move on career wise but for now, I will stay where I am until the right job comes my way.

18 Comments on Do I really know what I want for 2020 career wise

  1. Rosie - Eco-Gites of Lenault
    January 15, 2020 at 8:15 am (3 months ago)

    It can be so hard to change a job, but also rewarding when you find the one that really suits you and your family. Good luck!

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    • WhatRachelWrites
      January 16, 2020 at 9:00 pm (3 months ago)

      Really hard! Yes somewhere out there is something new that fits with my family life ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Treasure Every Moment
    January 15, 2020 at 10:32 am (3 months ago)

    It’s so hard to know what to do with your career when you become a parent because there is inevitably a lot of juggling required. I hope you find something that works for your family ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • WhatRachelWrites
      January 16, 2020 at 9:00 pm (3 months ago)

      Really hard! It has been a huge eye opener for me. I will find something that works for us, when the time is right ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    January 15, 2020 at 11:05 am (3 months ago)

    Wow, it sounds like three were loads of job options. 20 Cv’s is a good amount to send out. Fingers crossed you’ll get something that you are happy with and works within your available hours.

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    • WhatRachelWrites
      January 16, 2020 at 8:59 pm (3 months ago)

      There are so many jobs out there! Most want recent admin experience, this is where I struggle. I am sure something will come up when the time is right.

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  4. Charlotte - Mama Makes Do
    January 15, 2020 at 6:15 pm (3 months ago)

    My last job was 8-5, was a killer (I was a Process Engineer). Since having my 2 little ones I just don’t want that sort of stress any more. But agree trying to find what you do want to do can be overwhelming!

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    • WhatRachelWrites
      January 16, 2020 at 8:58 pm (3 months ago)

      Gosh those are long hours! Bringing up a family on those hours and that stress just doesn’t fit in to family life. Yes it’s more difficult then I realised!

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  5. Laura - Dear Bear and Beany
    January 16, 2020 at 9:06 am (3 months ago)

    Sounds like you’ve put a lot of thought into what job would be right for you. I wish you luck.

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    • WhatRachelWrites
      January 16, 2020 at 8:56 pm (3 months ago)

      I have had to. I don’t want to leave my current job and realise I’ve made a mistake!

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  6. Melanie williams
    January 16, 2020 at 6:26 pm (3 months ago)

    It is always good to re-think your career. the most important thing is do what is best for you

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    • WhatRachelWrites
      January 16, 2020 at 8:55 pm (3 months ago)

      So hard! Thankfully I am in no rush.

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  7. Mudpie Fridays
    January 17, 2020 at 5:20 pm (3 months ago)

    It is tough, I often donโ€™t get home till six and the boys never have play dates. I hope you can find what you want in the hours you want. Thereโ€™s got to be one out there somewhere x

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    • WhatRachelWrites
      January 18, 2020 at 11:39 am (3 months ago)

      This is not what I want personally, although I know their are plenty of jobs out there where getting home late is normal. I will find something that works for me and my family ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Jenni
    January 17, 2020 at 11:14 pm (3 months ago)

    I’m at a similar crossroads. I don’t actually want a career change, but I can’t find any work in my field so am being forced to decide on something else.

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    • WhatRachelWrites
      January 18, 2020 at 11:37 am (3 months ago)

      Oh that’s such a shame, I hope you find something else you will enjoy.

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  9. Kara Guppy
    January 20, 2020 at 8:03 pm (2 months ago)

    Trying to find term time only work is a real struggle. I currently work in a pre-school but would love to earn a bit more, but everything seems to require me paying for additional childcare which would defeat the object ๐Ÿ™

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    • WhatRachelWrites
      January 22, 2020 at 8:38 pm (2 months ago)

      Yes I agree, that’s why I have worked in a primary school for so long. Childcare is just so expensive!

      Reply

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