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to seriously consider applying to join the police in my early 40's

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spiritedaway Sun 19-May-13 22:11:56

Have wound up single with your4 children and am considering the police as a career. Assuming i could cope with the job itself- is it feasible for a single mum? I know it is shift work and i have no family support. I will have to sort childcare but my question is how compatible is this with family life. .

lurcherlover Sun 19-May-13 22:13:13

Suss out recruitment first - check out the website of your local force. I live in Manchester and GMP aren't recruiting at the moment.

spiritedaway Sun 19-May-13 22:15:06

Not your4 children. . Alhough. . if the lovely Mumsnet community would like to take some responsibility for 'em grin

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 19-May-13 22:16:47

Childcare would be extremely difficult I think.

I have 2 friends who both work as police officers and their shifts are very awkward. They could not work without relying heavily on family to help with childcare.

spiritedaway Sun 19-May-13 22:17:58

Thanks. . will keep an eye out. I initially thought i would wait 2 years but maybe i should start applying if any vacancies arise. Guess a community officer is the first step. See if i cut the mustard

squeakytoy Sun 19-May-13 22:19:17

Personally I would say it is not feasible. Starting salary is low. And with no family support, how would you genuinely manage as well as be able to give reasonable time to 4 children who need you?

spiritedaway Sun 19-May-13 22:22:15

Thanks Iwish. . i wasn't sure if all jobs are shift work but i presume they are

spiritedaway Sun 19-May-13 22:34:40

I want to give them a decent home and education too and right now it's benefits with no maintenance. I suppose i am looking at is 20 years in a career. I suppose i should look more into teaching.

spiritedaway Sun 19-May-13 22:35:49

Excuse my typing. . Phone playing up

TheChaoGoesMu Sun 19-May-13 22:39:44

I think you'd struggle unless you have a good support network who can help with overnights. I always wanted to be a paramedic, but the shift work would be hard. Have you considered something like social work instead?

Ginderella Sun 19-May-13 23:22:25

In my experience police shift patterns destroy family life. If you are working a night for example, a shift that is 2200- 0700 - you can't just finish work at 0700. You can only leave when all the paperwork, debrief and custody issues are sorted. If something kicks off, you have no idea what time you can go home. This job probably wouldn't work for you without a robust network of childcare.

SoleSource Sun 19-May-13 23:42:28

Live in nanny on work days?

Onesleeptillwembley Mon 20-May-13 02:03:40

You would have to be away during the week for approx three months. What would you do about the kids?

Onesleeptillwembley Mon 20-May-13 02:04:45

Sorry - my previous thread should have read 'whilst training'.

Onesleeptillwembley Mon 20-May-13 02:05:29

Aargh. my previous post. Sorry again - it's been a long day.

10storeylovesong Mon 20-May-13 02:25:35

Like Gibderella said, it wound be difficult. You very rarely finish on time, which makes it hard to plan childcare. Early shifts start at 0700 and late finishes end at 0300 - not many nurseries accommodate this. Shifts work on a 5 week pattern so you would need different days each week. You would be on a response shift pattern for a minimum of 2 years to begin with - no flexibility.

spiritedaway Mon 20-May-13 07:09:12

Thanks for your replies. .not knowing when a shift actually ends didn't occur to me but of course i see that's the case

HollyBerryBush Mon 20-May-13 07:15:04

I have virtually no memories of my father growing up.

MrsWolowitz Mon 20-May-13 07:15:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

GoblinGranny Mon 20-May-13 07:16:00

'I suppose i should look more into teaching.'


ShadeofViolet Mon 20-May-13 07:23:55

Its a bit of a career leap between Police Officer and Teacher.

Do you want a career, or a profession and a salary?

hobnobsaremyfave Mon 20-May-13 07:29:21

Yes teaching will suit you far better .

hobnobsaremyfave Mon 20-May-13 07:30:46

((wonders where the op will magically find a vacancy at a teacher training course and then a vacancy in a school thats local and of course works only 9-3.30))

sassytheFIRST Mon 20-May-13 07:35:55

Seems you are just casting around for something that feels like a secure income, perhaps public sector.

Teachers get holidays but don't be fooled into thinking we spend that time with our own kids. My 2 spend lots of time amusing themselves while I work - hols and weekends. During the week I put them to bed and then work again 8-10.30 at least 3 nights in the week. I get Fridays off as well which helps. I love teaching despite the problems Gove etc have brought - but wouldn't advise anyone to join the profession unless they had a real vocation these days - it is soul destroying if your head isn't in the right place. And jobs are increasingly hard to come by unless you are male (primary sector) or shortage subject (physics etc) in secondary.

thebody Mon 20-May-13 07:43:42

As a single mum with 4 kids and no support I think you need a job with regular hours and one you can leave on time with no stress.

Police and teaching are not those jobs.

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