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Handing in notice before knew pregnant, now no job & lost with subsequent options. Help!

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georgyporgie Wed 27-Mar-13 11:55:14

Am getting very antsy about this now as mini georgy coming up to 6 months and my maternity allowance runs out in May. Have no idea about options available - have trawled through all the usual sites but still clueless.

Background is that I handed in my notice to my lecturing job before I knew I was pregnant as had various things lined up (which didn't come off in the end as involved being in south asia which wouldn't have worked with my pregnancy). I then ended up leaving before I could get SMP & got maternity allowance instead which runs out in May (and obviously no job to go back to). I want to get back to work but I cannot for the life of me find a job. Over 60+ applications, and from that, only one interview. Apparently I'm too 'academic' (my previous positions have all been in the higher education sector researching & lecturing) for a non uni job, but not academic enough (never got round to my PhD) for a uni job. I did start another thread about potentially going back to get my PhD but have just had two funding rejections today so that is pretty much out unless we can find money for me to do it & for us to live on (we can't).

So does anyone know what my options are? As my OH is in full time employment, I don't think I'm entitled to anything like job seekers or any benefit like that. I'm now just so worried about the £600 per month shortfall that we're going to have come May. Thought about temping as did loads of medical secretary temping throughout degrees but a) hardly any work where I am and b) at £6 an hour, not worth it, with balancing out childcare. Obviously am keeping on applying for jobs, but apart from that don't know quite what to do.

LIZS Wed 27-Mar-13 11:58:34

Can you find sessional work as a tutor/lecturer to tied you over ? Think you can claim contributions-based JSA for 6 months

georgyporgie Wed 27-Mar-13 12:02:44

Tried that, but it's the worst possible timing with the holidays pretty much starting from May! Have written to the local unis with my CV asking whether there is any UG teaching, marking or anything available, but noone has even got back to me so that's a non starter. The FE colleges and the schools around here don't do law as a subject either so can't go there (even though I've written to most of the schools to ask if they were thinking about bringing it in as an A level smile . They're not sad

Will have a look at that now. Thanks, LIZS

georgyporgie Wed 27-Mar-13 12:11:06

Hmm, just used the benefits calculator and appears the only benefit I might be entitled to is a funeral grant hmm

HoleyGhost Wed 27-Mar-13 12:18:51

Temping could help bridge the cv gap and solve the "too academic" problem.

Combine this with networking as much as you can. Hang out with old colleagues so you are thought of, offer to cover if needed, use linkedIn etc

LIZS Wed 27-Mar-13 12:22:08

Invigilating ?

georgyporgie Wed 27-Mar-13 12:28:39

Holey- just been updating the linkedin now! Sadly moved away from the areas where I worked to the back end of beyond (just how it ended up working with my OH job when he left the army) so near nothing remotely related to my old career at all. A couple of people have said to take qualifications off CV and big up all the temping that I used to do which I'm going to take on board and try. I think my main problem with that is that it would be sitting in a basement room audiotyping for 8 hours a day when I wouldn't even be breaking even with childcare, though I take on board the point about bridging the gap and I suppose the admin experience is transferable to non audiotyping roles too. Invigilating is a great suggestion too & will get onto that now!

Seems that I'm rebutting all these helpful suggestions with doom and gloom! I'm sorry- am a bit steeped in it at the moment. Must be the thought of those funeral costs.. wink

gruffalocake Wed 27-Mar-13 12:35:41

I think units will give anything which doesn't require a phd to phd students and post docs already at the uni.
Do keep looking for tutoring or advertise yourself as a tutor as there are crammer courses over Easter. You can also apply to mark exams which isn't great money but can be done from home so no costs involved.
Could you be a legal secretary or do legal typing etc. from home. You could advertise your skills on one if those 'buy my time' websites?

HoleyGhost Wed 27-Mar-13 12:48:37

Any chance of moving to where there is more opportunity?

HoleyGhost Wed 27-Mar-13 12:51:03

In the back of beyond, professional careers are often limited to the obvious - teacher, GP, vet etc.

AuntieStella Wed 27-Mar-13 12:52:31

Would invigilating or marking be possibilities?

And, wrong time of year again, but might there be possibilities with private tutoring?

flatmum Wed 27-Mar-13 12:57:22

You shoud be able to get contributions based JSA for 6m once mat leave starts? Although you may have an issue with lack of NI contributions while on mat leave. This happened to me am so kicked up a fuss (so you are openly discriminating against women who have date from have a baby in the last tax year?) and they gave it to me. Your partner is irrelevant for this but will only be for 6m unless he is on a low income. Might help while you're looking?

annh Wed 27-Mar-13 13:55:31

Are you entitled to JSA if you have handed in your notice and intentionally made yourself jobless though?

georgyporgie Wed 27-Mar-13 18:35:22

Hmmm, looked on the council website & rang the uni about invigilating but seems a no go. Will have a look at the secretary from home thing as that's a possibility and the tutoring too but again tends to go to seminar tutors at uni level & law isn't taught as an a level here. Got turned down for an admin role home based with American Express too so don't seem to be able to get anything- and that was playing down quals. Holeyghost - you're absolutely spot on about careers in this type of place. We ended up here as my OH originally from here, has a house (that he kept when stationed elsewhere) and he happened on a niche job. He's happy to look elsewhere so there might be more chance of me finding something, but the likelihood of that at the moment, even for him, is slim. To be honest, am even applying for stuff back in London, but not even having much luck there.

Ho hum. And that's the worry about JsA- the leaving voluntarily sad

LIZS Wed 27-Mar-13 18:36:47

You may have already exceeded the penalty period for having resigned .

PotteringAlong Wed 27-Mar-13 18:38:57

Can you apply to the exam board to mark a level exam papers?

LIZS Wed 27-Mar-13 18:40:49

What about schools/FE invigilating .

cmt1375 Wed 27-Mar-13 18:40:52

NCT is recruiting for home based administrators

orderinformation Wed 27-Mar-13 18:43:05

Not read whole thread but...

Call exam boards and ask whether any marking you could do this summer from home. Not just law - any subject.

Put your cv on home tutoring sites.

Combine teaching law with medical sec experience to tout self round as legal secretary/paralegal.

georgyporgie Wed 27-Mar-13 18:52:37

rolling up sleeves in anticipation of tomorrow's blitz on exam boards

Thanks all grin Really helpful & will be following these up tomorrow. Nice also not to feel so isolated about it all too.

flatmum Thu 28-Mar-13 15:59:48

I left voluntarily - asked for vol red and left of my own accord. I am now working again but was able to claim JSA for a couple of weeks in between - think I only signed on once but as I understand it it would have continued for 6m. But I had only just left - whether or not your 6m period is up or can be suspended due to the mat leave I think you'd have to go down there and ask them .....

They dont seem to care (or indeed ask) why you stopped work (or indeed whether you have millions in savings or are married to a billionaire). I don't think this is the issue, the mat leave is.

Murtette Wed 03-Apr-13 23:38:50

Are there any boarding schools in your area? One near us is always looking for house mothers to do evening shifts/Saturday mornings etc and, apparently, prefer to have ex-professionals who can give out a bit of career & life advice. It may be anti-social hours but, if your DH is home then & could look after your DC, it would mean there'd be no childcare to pay.
In a similar vein, what about tutoring? Possibly a bit late for this summer's GCSEs & A-levels.

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