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Extua Tue 26-Sep-17 12:02:45

I am currently on mat leave from my part time job, which requires a specific degree level qualification. When I studied for my degree it was with a particular role in mind which I started working in after I graduated. However after having my first DC this role was too stressful and required too much work outside of core hours, so I transferred to a different (still qualified, same pay) role that was in a less intense team. The trouble is while this does give me a far better work life balance it really doesn't interest me very much.

I have seen an unqualified role in a school that I am sure I would enjoy. It's a 10k pay cut (plus a bit as term time only) However it's almost 30 hours a week as opposed to 18, so take home pay difference is fairly negligible.

I'm torn. It'd mean working 4 full days a week when my plan had been to ask to do 3 short days a week on my return to work. It would mean going back from mat leave at least 3 months early (baby would be about 7m), which I'm really unsure about.

However it's closer to home (2 miles rather than 15), would mean school hols off and would hopefully be a job I'd be more invested in. I could keep my professional registration and return to a qualified role one day.

Keep changing my mind. Application has to be in today. Obviously there's no guarantee I would get it but don't want to waste people's time either way.

I guess this is a wwyd but aibu gets more traffic. Wwyd?!

PoshPenny Tue 26-Sep-17 12:05:21

Go for it!
School holidays off when you have kids is worth its weight in gold

ICantFindAFreeNickName2 Tue 26-Sep-17 12:13:47

I think a term time only role would be fantastic once your children start school, and not having to pay for childcare during school holidays would save you a fortune. Although I guess you might need to budget extra for childcare during the week if you are doing 4 long days.

How much travelling time will you save a day, that might offset some of the extra hours you will be working.
As its a job you will enjoy & it sounds like its a better long term career move, I think it would be worth going for. The working week goes so much quicker when you enjoy your work.

Ameliablue Tue 26-Sep-17 12:16:51

Personally I'd stick to the professional job with higher wages and less hours.

Allthebestnamesareused Tue 26-Sep-17 12:17:43

Definitely apply. See how you feel about the people when you meet them and worry about accepting if you are offered the job.

But definitely apply.

FrogFairy Tue 26-Sep-17 12:22:06

Bear in mind depending on the role, many school employees are expected to start earlier and finish later than their contracted hours and this is unpaid.

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