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YnysUchaf Fri 17-Mar-17 10:00:46

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Tobuyornot99 Fri 17-Mar-17 10:04:53

Do you have a dp? Evening work - stacking shelves / pulling pints / cleaning offices. There is hope, don't write yourself off flowers

LIZS Fri 17-Mar-17 10:05:51

I doubt you are unemployable. What experience and qualifications do you have (however long ago), what environment might you like to work in? Bringing up children forces you to acquire all sorts of transferable skills.

frazzled3ds Fri 17-Mar-17 10:08:57

No advice particularly, just wanted to let you know you're not on your own! I'm 37, 3 kids all still at primary, ended up unemployed in January, and am having a nightmare trying to find work! Not helped by issues with childcare when I am working, and ageing unwell parents in the mix too. Currently living off JSA, Tax Credits, Child Benefit and Housing Benefit. I hate it.......

2014newme Fri 17-Mar-17 10:10:48

Of course you are not unemployable. Plenty of 46 year olds with kids have jobs. What a bizarre thing to say!

2014newme Fri 17-Mar-17 10:11:37

How many jobs have you applied for?

helenfagain Fri 17-Mar-17 10:17:43

What makes you think you are unemployable?

Coffeethrowtrampbitch Fri 17-Mar-17 10:24:19

Could you do voluntary work to gain experience while the kids are at school?

I'm in a similar position, late 30's, 3 kids, youngest now at school. I have a chronic illness so haven't been looking for work, but I know I will have to soon as I haven't worked outside the home for ten years.

I live near a shopping centre so had thought of volunteering in a charity shop to get some retail experience, then applying for shops jobs and hoping I get one.
Who will do childcare dog walking and cleaning instead of me I don't know, but if I'm working I will hopefully be able to afford to 'replace' myself at home.

YnysUchaf Fri 17-Mar-17 10:26:47

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Tobuyornot99 Fri 17-Mar-17 10:30:03

So what hours do you have childcare for?
You are probably right that you can't walk into a fantastically well paid and satisfying Jon straight away. But out of acorns and all that, a part time evening job will look good on an application, you'll get a reference, and as circumstances change you can move on.

2014newme Fri 17-Mar-17 10:30:06

If you can work evenings then pub or restaurant or supermarket. They always need people.
Take ironing in and do it at home, I have someone does this for me.

LIZS Fri 17-Mar-17 10:34:32

How old are dc? Do they qualify for free hours at preschool yet? If you have a children's centre nearby they often host training sessions and workshops with childcare which might help build confidence and find out your strengths and interests. Could you do an evening or weekend IT course? If your income is low or you receive means tested benefits it would be subsidised. If you don't have gcse or equivalent in Maths and English those too would be free at your local fe college.

Meanwhile think creatively, Do you drive or have access to a car to enable you to do deliveries, could you walk dogs or petsit?

2014newme Fri 17-Mar-17 10:36:45

If I was you I would ring 10 places today. Nearest pubs, chip shops, takeaways, supermarkets, macdonalds, cleaning agencies etc. Register with employment agencies too.

Bluntness100 Fri 17-Mar-17 10:39:40

I don't think you're unemployable at all. And could you not work in school hours? Supermarket job? I have a friend who got divorced, forced into the job market at late fifties and she works happily in a supermarket.

YnysUchaf Fri 17-Mar-17 10:39:49

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Tobuyornot99 Fri 17-Mar-17 10:42:34

How old are your dc? If they are all of school age could you do something in the day, cleaning houses etc? Could the older one look after the younger one on the odd occasion during school hols? The town you're driving the child to school for, are there any opportunities there?

LIZS Fri 17-Mar-17 10:46:35

So if youngest is at school now what might be available near there, so you wouldn't need childcare or need to pay extra to travel. Even volunteering would look positive on your cv, is there a volunteers bureau in that area who could suggest opportunities even just for a couple of hours a week or ad hoc (look on council website or the do-it website)

SuperFlyHigh Fri 17-Mar-17 10:50:22

You could work as a neighbour does as a lunchtime supervisor and/or at an after school club.

This neighbour has also worked for years at Barclays Bank as I think a "greeter", shows customers how to use machines etc but also has done cashier work.

I know another mum with school aged children who either does part time work but does Saturdays working at an estate agents doing admin work.

There's shop work etc.

SuperFlyHigh Fri 17-Mar-17 10:51:21

You can also be a VA (virtual assistant) like a PA, try People Per Hour website.

SuperFlyHigh Fri 17-Mar-17 10:52:52

Dog walking is another one my neighbour did. She was also a private carer for an old man unable to get out of his house, did his cleaning but also popped in and helped with shopping etc.

RiverdaleJughead Fri 17-Mar-17 10:52:56

My mum got a job when she was 45 after my parents split up and shed been a SAHM for 17 years x

ShotsFired Fri 17-Mar-17 10:53:14

What about online PA/per hour secretarial services? I have a friend who does online transcription and makes decent cash out of it.

Or those online concierge type services?

Do you have any academic/specialist knowledge you could sell? Companies pay for people to write/copywrite/edit marketing and sales material.

SuperFlyHigh Fri 17-Mar-17 10:53:40

School secretary. Keep applying ask all local schools/colleges in your area.

YnysUchaf Fri 17-Mar-17 10:54:20

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SuperFlyHigh Fri 17-Mar-17 10:55:06

Shots I know 2 women who worked as legal secretaries from home with audio transcription and made good money.

More and more companies are willing to do this.

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