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Getting back to work....

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yummumto3girls Thu 08-Jan-15 13:33:06

Feeling a bit p***ed off! I made the decision, and was fortunate enough to be able, to stay home when my second DD was born. My DD3 has now started school. For the last two years, in preparation for returning to work when DD3 started school I have been doing a postgrad qualification, funded by myself to the tune of about £6000 (just course fees) plus regular train and overnight accomodation to attend the necessary seminars. In addition to this I have worked voluntarily to keep up my skill set, done some minor freelance work to fund some of this. I am now in the position where I don't have enough money to pay for my last module. Have been trying to get work for the last year with no success. I have claimed no benefits and not cost the state anything in my choices, yet here I am now, along with millions of other SAHM's who want to go back to work and get no support in doing so!! If I get a career development loan, I have to start paying it back with in one month of finishing, what if I've not got a job by then!! Really starting to worry that there is no point in trying to better myself!

nooldernowiser Thu 08-Jan-15 13:39:19

Cant you go back to the field that you were in before children? You managed that without this course?

Then save up- do the final module and look for a new career.

InSpaceNooneCanHearYouScream Thu 08-Jan-15 13:44:15

What 'support' are you expecting? It was your choice to do the course, no one elses.

yummumto3girls Thu 08-Jan-15 13:53:21

It is in the field I was working, but I needed to get back up to date. I know its my choice to do the course but without it I might aswell forget about any prospects. All I was expecting was some decent loan system that I could start paying back once I wa working.

nooldernowiser Thu 08-Jan-15 14:02:47

I dont know what sector but a postgraduate qualification would rarely be the thing that would help get a job. It is usually desirable and not essential. Indeed you can sometimes be over qualified- and qualification and relevant experience are not the same.

Maybe you need to take a more basic job in the field and work yourself back up. If you haven't got a job in a year then you are probably pitching too high and need to lower your expectations slightly (assuming there have been jobs to apply for)

blueshoes Thu 08-Jan-15 15:23:05

Take the career development loan and if your jobhunt is not successful, continue to take on freelance work or odd jobs to pay it off.

The career development loan is your support. What else are you hoping for?

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