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To consider giving up a professional job ?

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ginorwine Mon 29-Feb-16 22:07:10

Am employed as a social worker . Qualified 1990 .love it , the challenges and trying my best to get the best outcomes possible for people .
I do a lot of work in a legal context and feel much responsibility - quite rightly - to get it right.
Recently I've been feeling mentally worn out - am considering doing something different like work in a garden centre .
Any sw s out there changed jobs to something completely different - with less responsibility etc and if so , how did it turn out ?
Thanks .

LuckyBuddha Mon 29-Feb-16 22:09:17

I'm an over worked secondary school teacher... Give me ideas for a less stressful (well paid!!!) job too!

Babyroobs Mon 29-Feb-16 22:12:31

I am a staff Nurse who is stressed and considering doing something completely different. I'm just very worried about finances though as there is very little else where I could start afresh and earn similar money. I also don't have the money to retrain.

Finallyonboard Mon 29-Feb-16 22:15:16

I'm thinking about leaving too but not sure what to do.

MyKingdomForBrie Mon 29-Feb-16 22:15:39

I'm a lawyer and dying to get out. Using Mat leave as an excuse for a kick up the arse; if I don't sort what I want to do next in that year I'll have to go back to it!

Have you googled for ideas OP? 'Jobs for ex-social worker' or something..

Duckdeamon Mon 29-Feb-16 22:17:57

Do you need / want a certain level of income?

Might working a similar role part time be any better? Or for a different employer or area?

Yoghurty Mon 29-Feb-16 22:23:42

DH and I were having the same conversation earlier. I'm also in social work, in a very specific area and quite high up- with high pressure and commuting over an hour and a half each way. I think I'd be much happier working locally in a small coffee place or in a low key community role.
It always boils down to finances thou, doesn't it? sad

Duckdeamon Mon 29-Feb-16 22:29:44

Low paid, insecure jobs can be stressful too.

vintagesewingmachine Mon 29-Feb-16 22:34:51

For us it is all about the finances at the moment. But three more years and I will be looking for a complete change from healthcare. I really fancy working in a garden centre, OP smile

ginorwine Tue 01-Mar-16 08:53:25

Yes I've googled and results are
Probation - no
Inspector for qcc - no vacancies
Lecturer - not for me
Youth or employment guidance - maybe
I do understand that less paid easier in theory jobs can be stressful too - I recognise that in my current job I enjoy using my resources and knowledge as well as years of experience and I would miss the autonomy .
I work a great deal in making best interests decisions re people who lack the Capacity to understand the decision to be made and I take work gone with me in my head , worry about clients and families , and basically bust a gut to to my best .
I hate how sw s are viewed tho and although I get thanked most working days which makes me happy ! I often feel that I have to first get past the barrier of some of the general publics perception of sw s !

stargirl1701 Tue 01-Mar-16 09:01:45

Retraining as an perinatal educator and breastfeeding counsellor. I am currently a teacher. 20 years in since I began my training and I feel I need a change. 30 more years of teaching until retrial so plenty of time!

CamembertQueen Tue 01-Mar-16 09:14:29

What about becoming a Best Interest Assessor? My friend has recently started this and loves it. Her own boss, still has autonomy and no panels to beg for money etc.

AnthonyPandy Tue 01-Mar-16 09:17:48


30 more years of teaching until retrial

Good luck for your 'retrial'!

MsJamieFraser Tue 01-Mar-16 09:28:27

I did, left after my son was in a horrific accident and have only just went back into a professional role.

I would personally advise against it, I was more stressed in my ) hour NMW role that I was with my CPU role, and as you can imagine we see and deal with some difficult cases.

I went back to social care but in a different role, which is 70% good, and 30% bad in the cases I deal with, I work alongside other companies and manage my own team. I now love it, and I also don't have to worry about paying the bills or going into work to be told I am not needed for that shift, even if that shift was my only shift for the week hmm

Can you ask to cut down your working hours? or maybe work else where in your dept with less stress.

bibliomania Tue 01-Mar-16 09:29:27

Best typo ever.

MsJamieFraser Tue 01-Mar-16 09:34:12

and as much as I hate to say it, working in a NMW job, was bloody awful, I got treated and spoken to like shit, because they assumed I was superior to them, because I was degree educated, even the students who were currently doing their degrees. I also had a lady blame me as I was a ex social worker, for having her kids taken away for her... 10 years before I even got my degree hmm

I left my last role due to bullying, the manager last month was sacked, due to this, after the tribunal was carried out.

stargirl1701 Tue 01-Mar-16 10:20:25

Lol! Indeed! grin

PoundingTheStreets Tue 01-Mar-16 10:30:11

I'm in a professional job. I love it most of the time, hate it occasionally, and am frequently stressed (albeit without showing it, which is probably doing terrible things to my body...). I sometimes fantasise about something less demanding.

I have also worked in a decent-but-boring, low-average-paid job, and done various stints at NM-type jobs. I was bored but not stressed. However I was broke.

I remain in my current job because the stress caused by work can be left at work. The pay allows me to enjoy life with family and I can afford holidays, etc. When I was poor, life at work was tolerable but I was highly stressed at home wondering how I was going to pay the bills/put on the heating, etc. I figure spending x hours stressed at work is a lesser evil than spending x+ hours stressed at home.

ginorwine Tue 01-Mar-16 11:20:13

You sound like me ! The difference is I just can't leave the stress at work - I'm moody and snappy at home , cut myself off from family sitting by myself etc .
It feels like I hold myself together at work and feel all tightly sewn up to protect myself at work and that I have to cut people out at home in order to stay sewn up otherwise I will unravel ! I'm a very soft hearted person and don't see the job as a job more a vocation treating each person as if they were my own and I'm not sure I can change !

ginorwine Tue 01-Mar-16 11:22:07

Good idea - I did get approached by the organisation in our locality about something like this - work as an independent mental capacity advisor - again tho it's interesting but stress !!!

Hassled Tue 01-Mar-16 11:24:59

If you took a couple of years out (I do like the sound of working in a garden centre) how easy would it be to return to some sort of SW career if you then decided you wanted to return? Is it the sort of job where there's constant updating of skills/knowledge and you'd be behind the times and so unemployable?

ginorwine Tue 01-Mar-16 11:38:14

I would lose my registration to practice .
We have to evidence every few years how we are professionally developing in the job .we pay for this too .
It is a good idea that you brought this up I will check ! Maybe if I read around subjects that we be suffice but I doubt it ! Maybe I could ask for unpaid leave ? Thanks - never thought of that !!!

CamembertQueen Tue 01-Mar-16 11:38:27

I think IMCA would be stressful and with much less autonomy. BIA is very lucrative at the minute, but I know a few LAs are trying to merge it into SW role though, plus courses have long waiting list. My friend moved to work as an advisor for Age UK or Alzheimer's society, can't remember which one. It was about 6 grand in a pay cut but she absolutely loves it. She says it is all the parts of SW she loves without the stress and bureaucracy! Voluntary sector might be worth a look.

eaudeparfumpooie Tue 01-Mar-16 11:38:44

There are lots of specialist horticulture schemes set up to help people who are in difficult situations, it sounds like you would be very well suited to work in one of those, as you would have a good understanding of people needs.

I would look up which ones are operating in your area and keep an eye on vacancies(also let them know you are looking, go and get involved as that often opens up interesting oppertuinties ). It would be a shame to not use your skills, and you may find that being on the positive end of change more satisfying with few stresses.

ginorwine Tue 01-Mar-16 11:39:28

Ps checked at local garden centre - just reqruited ! Shall try it ? 🌸

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