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from SAHM to WOHM should I go for it?

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SAHRum Fri 19-Apr-13 08:35:11

dd is 6 and have I have been a SAHM since giong on maternity leave.

A job has come up at a friend's company working 4-6 days a month from home. It's in an industry that I worked in for over 5 years prior to having dd but the job is in an area that I have some but not extensive experience in, although apparently the person who did the job before didn't have any experience either but had worked in X field "which helped", I haven't worked in "X field" but have worked in "Y field" which would be helpful (sorry to be cryptic don't want to out myself). I think I could do the job - with initial guidance on the newer stuff haven't been out of the world of work for 6 years. The money is great. I think this job would be the first step to a very slow journey (my choice) back to full time re employment when dd is at senior school. The only obstacle is what do I do in the school holidays particularly the summer ones? I don't know yet whether I could do the work in the evenings/weekends during this period as friend just wants to know if she should put my name forward and I don't want to waste their time. I wouldn't consider getting a nanny/childminder for 1 day a week and don't really have family who would help out.

My initial reaction to the job was wow great money, I could do that, it'd be a great first step and would fit in with dd ... and then I thought OH SCHOOL HOLIDAYS : 0 (

WWYD - should I just put my name forward and see how it goes or is it a waste of time from the off?


TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 19-Apr-13 08:38:42

Yes, put your name forward, if it's 4-6 days per month you can probably swap around play dates in the holidays, find a holiday scheme, your DH can take some time off etc.

Gingerodgers Fri 19-Apr-13 08:39:51

Do it. I have been a sahm for 9 yrs, and for the past 2 because of school hols etc. now I just want a job! It won't kill them to go to holiday clubs.

Trillz Fri 19-Apr-13 08:45:15

I don't think you need to worry too much about covering school holidays if you only work 4-6 days a month.

amazingface Fri 19-Apr-13 08:45:35

Do it, do it, do it. I work from home and have done since my little one was 4 months old. LO goes to a childminder but when she was very small we DP also changed his work hours so that he'd be there one day with her. You just make it work, and with a 6 year old the opportunities for entertainment are greater (holiday clubs, grandparents, etc.).

Honestly - do it. You'll probably enjoy it, you'll definitely be fine at learning job X (all you have to do is learn something new - not that hard) You won't know yourself. Best of luck.

Trillz Fri 19-Apr-13 08:47:18

Even in termtime your DD is not at school for a whole working day's worth of work, so you'll have to either do some work while she is in the house or do the 6 days' worth of work spread over a larger number of days.

TantrumsAndBalloons Fri 19-Apr-13 08:53:24

If its only 4-6 days per month, surely it won't be too hard to manage?

Obviously I don't know your work days but I would imagine during the half terms you will only need perhaps 1 day of childcare, could you not work an extra day the previous week? Or work Saturday/Sunday that week?

The summer holidays, well there are normally quite a few holiday clubs/activities/play dates that you can utilize for one day a week.

If you want to do it, if you will enjoy the work, gets you prepared for a full time role when you are ready then I would say go for it.

Trillz Fri 19-Apr-13 08:55:09

If they are prepared for you to work from home while you have a child in primary school then presumably it is "achieve X and Y by a particular date" kind of work rather than "be available between these times" kind of work.

SAHRum Fri 19-Apr-13 09:21:56

well that's what I'm hoping Trillz but I have to put my name forward to find out more - could be that they need you to commit to working say every wednesday regardless with the odd extra day here and there as and when needed. If I could do it "whenever" so long as I met a deadline it wouldn't be a problem. DH cannot take time off as he has literally just started a 6 month contract (he's a consultant) and will be working long hours to get things done by a certain deadline.

Yes I would probably spread the 1 day of work over 2 days during term time iyswim.

We don't really need the money as such, dh earns a decent wage but it's always nice to have more shoes grin but it's so hard to get back into it all when you've been away for so long and this seems like a good place to start ... I guess the bigger question is do I want to start??!!!?? Do I really want to get back to deadlines and pressure and the potential for fucking up. I'm dithering as it's all come on so quickly.

Trillz Fri 19-Apr-13 09:26:53

I think you shoudl go for it and find out. No harm in finding out more, is there?

SAHRum Fri 19-Apr-13 09:33:43

no you're right, no harm at all!

Startail Fri 19-Apr-13 09:39:04

Do it!

I'm stuck being a SAHM with no career to go back to and I'm fed up.
As others have said a few days in the holidays can almost certainly be worked round.

Iwillorderthefood Fri 19-Apr-13 09:43:12

Do it I'm SAHM too and opps like the one you have are like gold dust.

amazingface Fri 19-Apr-13 10:04:16

Agree that this is a really great opportunity. Usually working from home can be quite flexible. You'll make it work. Deadlines only have to be as pressurised as you let them be iykwim.

SAHRum Fri 19-Apr-13 11:51:02

ok so I have had some more info from my friend about the position and it would appear that people with much more experience in "X" field have put their name forward and her professional opinion is that her boss is more likely to consider them although she personally thinks that I'm capable of doing the job (but she's bound to say that!)

I did think it was a bit over my head and got a bit carried away with the money and well the doableness of it with a small child.

Iwillorderthefood Fri 19-Apr-13 21:04:44

Why not go for it anyway? Even if you don't get this, it will give you a current interview experience and ensure your CV is up to date. In addition it may help you get a different position.

SAHRum Fri 19-Apr-13 23:23:20

I just don't have the confidence now to be honest knowing that there are people with much more experience putting themselves forward. If you were hiring would you go for the person with the experience who could hit the ground running or the bits and bots SAHM who would probably need some hand holding? although I have had nearly a bottle of this stuff wine so maybe I should throw caution to the wind grin

<dreams of being successful person who takes control of her life, does a good job and earns shit loads of money>

SAHRum Fri 19-Apr-13 23:24:13

oh tee hee I meant bits and bobs obviously grin

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sat 20-Apr-13 07:12:12

Anything you apply for is likely to have more than one applicant. It's a good incentive to get your CV together.

SAHRum Sat 20-Apr-13 10:14:15

it is isn't it? I have spent the morning compiling a list of all the reasons why I think I could do the job and seem to have done a complete U turn since last night - maybe i will drop them a line after all.

amazingface Mon 22-Apr-13 10:46:47

I think you should proceed anyway with the best application you can put together. It's a useful exercise, it'll make you feel energised, and you have absolutely nothing to lose smile Have faith

blueshoes Mon 22-Apr-13 11:43:00

For a 6 year old, 4-6 days a month is a doodle to cover.

Others have mentioned holiday clubs and adhoc childcare. You can use reciprocal arrangements with other working parents (they cover childcare one day and you cover another day). Holiday childcare is not an issue IMO.

If your plan is to go back into work, then yes, take this opportunity to tart up your CV and prepare for the interview. Your friend will be able to provide feedback even if you don’t get it (rooting for you, though). From there, you can see which areas you can work on if you want a similar job.

You want to practise as much as possible. Who knows, your dream job could be around the corner. When that happens, you don’t want to have them as your guinea pig.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 22-Apr-13 23:06:44

Yay, good luck with it.

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