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nutelladipper Thu 28-May-15 18:01:29

Hi all,
History: no professional qualification but education to degree level. Had a good ten years in the voluntary sector where on being made redundant whilst on maternity with DC1 I was doing really well. (Well I thought so). Supporting the CEO of a national charity, prince2 in project management, managing a small team and earning just shy of 40k.

After maternity I struggled to find a part time job but my hobby of cake decorating had kind of turned into a job and in fact I went on to have a good few years with a successful cake business which worked around my two DC so all good. I earnt probably 15k a year which I thought was ok given I only worked 1 or two days a week max.

Back end of 2013 I felt the need to go back to the real working world (no disrespect to cake businesses out there) I just wanted a different challenge. I was nervous having had nearly 4 years out of that type of work so I searched only for voluntary sector jobs (sticking to what I knew) but despite very few part time jobs I was successful at getting a voluntary sector job doing project delivery much lower down the pecking order than when I left the sector 4 years before but I was ok with that thinking a stress free job on two days would create a perfect balance with manic life at home. Very early in the job I was bored, no challenged and didn't really enjoy the project delivery.

Roll on now and I'm 6 months pregnant and just redundant. I have enough money saved to be out of work for 12 months give or take a few months.

I really want to retrain? Get a new type of job. I am certain project delivery isn't my thing I know I'm more a planner, analyser, ideas person. I'm also quite creative.
Anyway with all that waffle I was after ideas of careers I could look to do! I am happy to retrain and get qualifications. My catch is I don't want to work full time and preferably a flexible industry!

Can anyone help? Advise? Share experiences?

Thanks. Sorry if there are shed loads of typos I'm on bus!!

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nutelladipper Thu 28-May-15 20:35:03

Anyone ?

bellathebluebell Fri 29-May-15 21:49:26

It's the holy grail, isn't it?!

Search on Indeed with some key words and however far you can reasonably travel. Be open minded and see what comes up that interests you/makes you feel excited. You can also set up email alerts.

I do this whenever I am looking and it throws up different possibilities.

nutelladipper Fri 29-May-15 22:41:27

Thanks bell
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Buddy80 Wed 17-Jun-15 13:15:09

I am in the same boat. There is another thread for ideas.

Do you want to carry on your creativity skills but in a more 'corporate' way? What about re-training as a designer? This could be for a corporate in engineering or garden design. Huge scope.

Is your creativity for visual or problem solving (or both?). For instance, working as a researcher or as a lawyer has creative aspects too.

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