Remember how I wrote a resume? Well I got a job interview! First I had applied for a secretary position at my son’s special needs school, but then I heard that they had an opening for a teachers assistant so I applied for that too. 2 days later I got a call for an interview for the teaching assistant job for the following week.
I was told I would be interviewed by 6 people at the same time at my son’s school and I thought to myself, cool just like an IEP meeting- easy. I mean, it was still a job interview so that made me a little nervous. But honestly, it actually probably made me feel more comfortable that there was 6 of them staring at me and taking turns questioning me while they all wrote quick notes simultaneously, then if it had been a one on one experience. Thank you IEP meetings for the practice.
Now that I’ve had the interview, my next question is, how do I follow up? A thank you card? A phone call? I don’t have an email address to send a quick email thank you because when I submitted my job interview paper work, I got automated responses. And who do I follow up with? The principal, HR, or the teacher who needs the assistant? All of them?
And what about childcare? I have been told that I should establish childcare before getting a job… But I can’t afford childcare without the job… And it seems like most daycare facilities around where I live have wait lists out until September! I checked with the school I applied at and their daycare is for 3 years and up, but little miss A just turned 2.
I didn’t realize going back to work would be so complicated. I knew I would have to figure out childcare for my littlest one and working at my son’s school would help me with his schedule. But most daycares don’t open until 7:30 and I would have to be at school by then, and some days my husband has to be at work before mr. c’s bus would pick him up, but his school doesn’t have early drop off.
Applying for those jobs felt right, but now I’m starting to wonder if it really is the right thing to do. Is going back to work always this complicated? And should I follow up on my interview if I can’t find childcare anyways?
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!