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If you changed career completely after having DC(s), what did you do?

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BabCNesbitt Thu 26-Sep-13 16:55:12

I don't mean those who did a sideways shift in their previous career, or who used their old skills in a new role (eg employed to consultant) - I mean, if you started something entirely new, whether after retraining or otherwise, what did you do?

(I'm nearly 38, DC nearly 2, and I didn't have much of a career to speak of before, so I don't have 10+ years of professional experience in anything to bring to any new job! sad Hence my scrounging for ideas. thanks )

iwillbrushmyteethbefore10am Thu 26-Sep-13 17:17:20

Childminder? Nurse? I know a few people who retrained as nurses, health visitors and midwives

BabCNesbitt Thu 26-Sep-13 17:46:54

Yeah, a friend of mine is retraining to be a childminder, but I'm one of those mardy old bints who doesn't really get on with children generally (apart from my own, mostly grin ), so that's not an idea I've considered.

veryconfusedatthemoment Fri 11-Oct-13 13:22:11

I was an accountant, worked in the City for years as a risk manager and am now retraining as a maths teacher for post 16. Hoping to work with adults or young offenders. I figure working with city traders will help!

emsyj Sat 12-Oct-13 22:49:53

I used to be a lawyer, but have now joined the HMRC graduate training scheme which is a 4 year programme to take you from scratch through to be a Grade 7 Tax Professional. I'm really enjoying it and you can't beat the civil service for family friendly policies!

dizhin79 Mon 21-Oct-13 18:44:21

I used to be a management consultant retrained in horticulture an now a plant health inspector!!

MoreCrackThanHarlem Mon 21-Oct-13 18:57:00

I started volunteering at my dd's school after a long period as a SAHM.

When she was a little older I got a job as a TA at another school, having gained enough experience as a volunteer to get through the interview process.

I then became a Behaviour Support Worker, having found a 'talent' for managing more challenging children.

Now dd is at High School I am a Learning Mentor. Slightly longer hours, more responsibility (I am designated Child Protection), but better paid. And still the lovely long school holidays.

Childcare for 11-13 yo is difficult to find, so my new job still suits our family life, whilst providing me with a more interesting and challenging role.

I absolutely love my job.
Progression is difficult as a TA, but possible. My next step will be to find a Lead Learning Mentor position for a cluster of schools. These jobs are rare though, and often receive 100+ applications in my area.

MillyONaire Mon 21-Oct-13 19:01:06

Marking my place as very similar position to you OP. Have done lots but nothing iyswim......feel like a chocolate fireguard at the moment as youngest starting school.

minniemousey Mon 21-Oct-13 19:03:37

I left a boring low paid administration job to have my son who is 4. when he turned 3 and got his funded 15 hours at nursery I used the free childcare to give me time to do a 1 year access course at college. finished that in may, and I'm now in my first term at uni doing a social work degree :-)

SandStorm Mon 21-Oct-13 19:05:31

I was a secretary/PA prior to children. When they were both little I started volunteering at the local preschool which led to a job and now I'm a teacher.

UnimaginitiveNameChange Mon 21-Oct-13 19:06:06

Dizhin, how do you become a plant health inspector? DH is a gardener, trained in horticulture, and toys with the idea of a job change every now and again. This sounds like a good option!

Sorry to hijack OP!

ArabellaBeaumaris Mon 21-Oct-13 19:09:24

I didn't have a career before DC, did various short term jobs here there & everywhere. Now I am on a public sector graduate scheme.

radiatormesh Mon 21-Oct-13 19:12:43

I was a lawyer and am now a personal trainer. Much better smile

CorrieDale Mon 21-Oct-13 19:15:08

I was a lawyer pre children. Then a seamstress (great fun, terrible terrible pay) and now I'm setting up as a face painter. Even more fun and pays better than minimum wage.

littlemissnormal Mon 21-Oct-13 19:30:31

I was in a field sales role for a national security company.
Now I work part time in marketing for a local newspaper and I'm doing a history degree with the OU. Not sure where that's going to take me but hopefully after the 6 years it takes me to complete I should have an idea!

tumbletumble Mon 21-Oct-13 19:33:08

My friend worked for a bank pre-DC and is now a policewoman. The hours are surprisingly child friendly!

HeadsDownThumbsUp Mon 21-Oct-13 19:51:05


Purplehonesty Mon 21-Oct-13 19:54:44

Bank manager to childminder....bit of a change ;)

PositiveAttitude Mon 21-Oct-13 20:04:59

Before Children I was a nursing sister, then after children became a PA/Accounts manager.

dizhin79 Mon 21-Oct-13 20:14:19

unimaginative - sheer luck I think! I saw the job on civil servants jobs website and applied, I had previously done surveying work when younger monitoring for gases on landfill sites, I think that sort of work helped!

MadeOfStarDust Mon 21-Oct-13 20:18:33

I was an IT management professional in the civil service - 24 hour on call on bl#8dy good money ... now work part time in a craft shop on peanuts... but much more child friendly - and stress free and fun !!

dizhin79 Mon 21-Oct-13 20:20:53

I have to say OP this is a fascinating thread, well done good question grin

soundedbetterinmyhead Thu 24-Oct-13 21:55:34

Before: Website designer...After: Social worker.
Fell into the first after university. Made an actual decision on the second and had to retrain from scratch. Neither are child-friendly (well not to my own anyway) but I'm better at the second one.

Morebiscuitsplease Thu 24-Oct-13 22:00:34

Was a secondary school teacher. After DD1 I set up my own business and worked part time in local library. Loved both. Could work around my children. Now have increased hours in local library as hubby works, away making it harder for my business. That said am very happy at the library. Still work with children, generally small children but get all the nice bits. smile

purple15 Sat 26-Oct-13 19:58:12

minniemousy - Tell me more about the social work degree please ?

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