This rather an odd question, I suppose I have always considered myself an au-pair but I am not really one either, but I thought maybe it was time to define myself. But now I am in a situation where I have to start sorting myself out so I can find a new job.
Growing up in a rural area, I was a babysitter. A sole carer for 3 kids at night which included feeding, bathing and bedtime when I was just 16. A holiday au-pair for two different families, one with twins another with triplets. Then I moved to the UK for university.
Last summer I used to take care of two children in the morning 4 days a week, another family of three in the afternoon 3 days a week. I also lived with my extended family, which meant helping with a varying amount of children.
Now I am looking for another job for the summer, with a possible live -in position but I don't know what to say in my CV. I have always worked really hard and taken on a lot of responsibilities, but it seems that I do a bit more than au-pairs usually but I am not a nanny. Just the overly-helpful daughter of a midwife who has been helping moms for way too many years seems like the wrong way to describe myself but it is how I sort of feel.
Call yourself a nanny. An au pair conjures up an image of a clueless 18-year-old with limited English. You only have a bit of experience and no relevant qualifications (as far as I can see) but then not all nannies do. Potential employers will look at your background to see if they consider you qualified/experienced enough for their liking.