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MistressMary Sun 20-Feb-05 22:38:25

I would like to start thinking about returning to some sort of work. I have always done caring jobs in Residential homes and also out in the community too. I would like to remain in this field of work, but would like something slightly different too. Am thinking about doing a course of some nature to add to my cv.
Any suggestions or ideas folk?

ImuststopdrinkingBlossomhill Sun 20-Feb-05 22:39:28

My good friend works in a hospice and finds it very rewarding. This is very much a persoanl choice and certainly doesn't suit everybody.

wheresmyfroggy Sun 20-Feb-05 22:39:58

Teaching assistant?

Youth worker?

MistressMary Mon 21-Feb-05 21:38:36


MistressMary Tue 22-Feb-05 12:42:04

getting bruised again.

Prufrock Tue 22-Feb-05 12:49:21

Could you learn some form of alternative therapy - massage/aromatherapy maybe, which you could do in residential homes

NomDePlume Tue 22-Feb-05 12:53:02

Chiropody is supposed to be a 'therapy' in demand. You can do correspondence courses in it and work freelance in Res homes or work alongside a GP practice or in a private clinic.

bathmummy Tue 22-Feb-05 13:02:34

I used to advise teenagers about careers and helping them to consider their options and broaden their field of view.

If you have no idea where to go now and not convinced that returning in the same field is for you, how about making a few lists about what skills you believe you have to offer, what aspects of work you enjoy (indoors, out doors, set routine, constant variety, working on your own or as part of a team, in an office or more relaxed environment etc.
Then look at what you have to offer and what you would like in a job and see it almost as a job description. Finally think of job titles that would fit what you have listed. Doing it this way round often helps people to think of jobs previously not considered and can be more effective than thinking of jobs and then starting to think about what they really entail.
Don’t limit your vision by your qualifications - many jobs can provide entry level and training courses etc. and equally don’t feel that you have to stick with what you "know" - ie. caring sector. Also, no point in thinking about doing a course unless there is a specific goal at the end - job related or just want to do something new, in which case worth making those lists and surprising yourself.
Points to consider - what type of work will fit around your home life most successfully? shift work, part time, full time set structure, flexi time, form home, in an office, travelling around - do you have decent transport? how much money do you need to earn to feel it is worth your time? is voluntary work a way in to get free training for specific careers or will you need to pay for training prior to going for a job?
Good Luck - if you give a few more indicators about your interests and skills it may be more easy for people to make vaild suggestions for you.

MistressMary Tue 22-Feb-05 20:18:54

Brilliant info Bathmummy and that sort of thing I was considering prufrock.

Thanks for that.

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