Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Continuing to work after children

My dad bought me a book entitled “Half a Wife”, which is all about reclaiming your life.  Although he has kind of shot himself in the foot as one of the biggest suggestions is that grandparents do more to help!!!  I think he thought it might have more practical advice I could follow on my own, he is quite traditional and always thinks I should stop blogging so I can help out around the house more and take the stress off my “poor” darling hubbie… you can just imagine my reaction to THAT!

I am flicking through the book to humour him, as I do love my dad.  You never know some nugget of information might sink in, although probably not something he hoped for.  The book actively encourages women to strive outside the home not be chained to the kitchen sink (that’s what the dishwasher is for!).  Although after years of early childcare its hard to know what avenue to explore next.  I have fancied myself in various roles throughout my life so far, often day dreaming about what career path I should have taken.  As it is I stumble along with my blog finding some personal enrichment in the process. 

At one time I quite liked the idea of working in HR and this course to study Training and Assessment would have helped me pursue that.  I think its quite empowering being involved in hiring and developing staff, but since blogging my new strengths are probably more focused around social media.  I did a management degree many moons ago and I wish back then social media had been more of a thing as it might have been much more interesting than the very dry economics and accountancy elements we had to cover. 

Once when I was working in a supermarket to supplement our quite meagre earnings before hubbies promotion, I had someone quite rudely say you have wasted your degree coming to work here.  I was shocked with her bluntness; personally I do not look at it like that, I work how and when it suits my family with the options available to me to fit around the children.  Doing the degree was an experience in its own right, what I end up doing eventually has no bearing on the hard work studying I did!  It’s a shame people feel fit to pass judgement (instead of using their internal filter!) but such is life.  It’s good to know there are courses out there though if I did want to try and carve out a career, just to appease the busy bodies in the town of course!!!

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