Ok so it’s been a little under 1.5 years since I got my bachelors… But it’s been more like 6 years since I’ve had a paying job. I agree that being a stay at home parent is a full time job, but it won’t pay off my student loans. And being in school to get a degree is like having a job; you have deadlines, schedules, classrooms to be in, group discussions, collaboration, etc. But even in college there is a bit of choosing your schedule and your work pace.
Being a student while raising 3 children is more than a full time job, but I got my degree, I wrote my first picture book, Hugo and Autism (which you can find on Amazon) and now I need to figure out a job I would like. But the mom guilt is real friends. What about little miss A? She will be 2 soon and she is still regularly breastfed.
But when I sit down and am honest with myself I know I’m capable. I’m interested in a secretary job and I feel confident that I could do it. I’m comfortable on the phone, I have a typing speed of 65 wpm this a 93% accuracy, I’m more organized than I give myself credit, and I would like to have more adult interaction in my day.
But it’s weird trying to write a resume when all the hard work I’ve done over the past few years doesn’t look like the work you write about when applying for a 9-5 job. I mean I have worked hard the past 6 years …
- Changed 12,000 diapers
- Made 2 additional humans to the 1 I already made
- Lived off an average of 4-5 hours a sleep a night
- Handled 6,000 autistic meltdowns
- Drove 2,300 times to and from ABA therapy
- Sat in 700 parent meetings for my son
How are these things not asked about when applying for a secretary job?? All the information is summed up into, “I’m patient, organized, consistent, a self-starter, and I’m naturally a positive person” but some how that doesn’t give my work the credit it deserves. Yet after I wrote up my resume I still asked, is it enough? What else should I have done? Will my family feel burdened if I get the job?
Have any of you been a stay at home parent and then went back to work? Did you like it? Was it worth it? Let me know about it 😊 and don’t forget to like and share ✌️