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Amber321 Fri 11-Nov-16 11:41:45

I have been a full time mum to my three kids for over 10 years but now they are all at school I am thinking about getting a part time job in the next year or so. I have a degree and worked in the middle office in Banking, moving into Marketing and Events within the Finance sector.
I have lost confidence in myself and don't feel able to get a high level job straight away but local jobs are very poorly paid so I would probably have to commute to London again. I think my skills could be suited to a Personal Assistant/Executive Assistant role as this would build on some of my previous experience and there do seem to be part times roles out there. I am considering doing a course to brush up on my skills and give me a confidence boost. Can anyone recommend any courses? Some of them seem rather expensive!
Thank you!

hutchblue Fri 11-Nov-16 18:56:35

You sound very skilled and competent.
I was out of work for 8 years as a SAHM and lost all my confidence too. Found the whole entering the workplace again very daunting.
I went back last year after interviewing for a number of local jobs to me. The local pay is not what it was in London but it was exactly what I wanted, I worked mostly from home, part-time and in the field I wanted. For me the commute into central London didn't warrant the extra pay I would have been paid and I would have needed to spend a lot of it on childcare.

I just wanted to share that in case it may be helpful though I'm sure you've already thought things through and our version of 'local' may be different. Something I did was get in touch with my local chamber of commerce to find out all the companies that were around me locally. That helped me work out what sort of companies I could work for that I didn't already know about.

I also volunteered for a local charity in their marketing department and it really boosted my confidence as people were asking for my opinion again on work-related things which was a huge shock after spending the previous 5 years knee-deep in nappies, baby food and buggies etc.

I'm sorry I can't offer any specific advice on PA/EA roles. Hopefully someone else will come on.

Good luck with your search and don't worry, your confidence definitely will return.

If you could get it back now and not need to wait, would you still go for a PA/EA role, just out of curiosity?

Amber321 Fri 11-Nov-16 19:45:28

Thank you hutchblue for your kind words! Well done to you to finding a job after 8 years at home. I have been looking on and off at what jobs are available locally and admin jobs only pay about £7-8/ hour but cleaners seem to earn £10-12/hour!! (I hate cleaning my own house so could not do that job!!) As I haven't commuted for 10 years I have probably forgotten how bad it is but now think a 30 min train ride would be lovely without the kids 😂 And as I would ideally work 2-3 days a week it might be worth the extra money.
I will have a look at the chamber of commerce like you suggest and that is a good idea to volunteer locally. It doesn't help that DH keeps telling me I need to set up my own business! I am not entrepreneurial and would much rather be in paid employment!

hutchblue Sat 12-Nov-16 14:40:41

LOL! I hate cleaning too, I totally agree with you!
Being back in central London could be exciting too and 30 mins sounds fine for a commute.
As for setting up a business, I do think we all have an inner-entrepreneur lurking somewhere inside us smile It's just finding the thing you love to do that can be hard to find. There's no doubt that paid employment is more straight forward in some ways but I have felt resentful at times at the lack of control over the whole thing - not knowing if I'll still be needed in 'x' amount of time as the world of work seems to be so unforgiving these days and so uncertain. So I've decided to pursue setting up my own business as well as working part-time smile Not going to say it's easy and I'm still in the early days of doing it but I hope it will work out.
Good luck with your search and I really hope you find something just right!

flopsypopsymopsy Sat 12-Nov-16 18:04:52

If you can, go the Project Admin / Co-ordinator / Manager route. I'm not sure about part-time jobs but you will earn more money and have more respect.

There are fewer Admin/PA/EA jobs available than ever but still lots of candidates. That's why jobs are being advertised for £7 to £8 per hour. The result of having fewer admin people is increased workload. I've been a PA at senior level (i.e. for a FTSE Chief Executive) for about 15 years and the job has just got harder and more stressful. It's assumed that it is a doddly job but it really isn't and not for the faint hearted.

If you really want to give it a go then brush up on your Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook skills and go temping. It may lead you to the right thing/permanent role.

Amber321 Tue 15-Nov-16 20:48:50

Good luck Hutchblue with your new venture! Perhaps if I get my work confidence back it is something I could eventually do!
Thanks Flopsy I will investigate the project management route and I definitely need to brush up on my word/excel/PowerPoint skills as I am a bit rusty!

hutchblue Tue 15-Nov-16 21:32:46

Go on Youtube, there are so many free trainings for all things technical like word, excel etc on there and it's free! smile

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