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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The winds

Things they are a changin'. Or at least we're trying to get them to. I don't talk much about my job on this site, in fact I don't think I have at all, but there comes a point when you're burnt-out, but afraid to leave and start anew somewhere else. That is where I am right now. Unfortunately, so is Aaron. It's probably not smart for both of us to be playing around with our careers at the same time. So deciding who goes first is somewhat of a difficult decision we need to make. Aaron makes more than I so it would be less logical for him to leave and find something new as the market is really tough for tradesmen right now. Plus, we just got settled in on his insurance and I don't want to open that can of worms again.
It is typically easier to find administrative positions and even get a bump in salary for me, but, there's the comfort issue, I've been here almost two years, I know the people, job and my limits. And there's the biggest issue of us trying to have a baby. If I found other employment, I couldn't just say "Oh, by the way, I am having a baby in the next "x" months, so I'll need to see your policy on maternity leave ASAP mmmkay?" I doubt that would go over real well.

So in the meantime I'm stuck in a job that has nowhere to move up and a pay scale that has already been maxed, and people who think I'm less needed everyday. I don't want to get into the 'why', but I'll just say I work for a small company with big technology.

Anyways, my dream job is daycare and that isn't happening because the pay is so little. About half of what I make now.

If we could swing it, I'd apply in a heartbeat. But right now I don't think we can until Aaron passes his journeyman's test.

This dilema is boggling my mind. What would you do?

Happy Humpday.


  • At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Rebecca...

    Just my 2 cents, I would stay put for now, sock away as much money as you can, and after the baby then switch over to a day care career (or open your own business) where you can raise your own baby at home & combine it with work!!!

    Lori (honeydrizzled@hotmail.com)

  • At 12:35 PM, Blogger Jenniy said…

    Sounds like you're in the same boat as me, unfortunately I don't have the option to stay at my job like you do - I think I'll get kicked out for good in April :( But I know the feeling of being so comfortable, but not paid enough and work getting slower and slower all the time. Good luck with whatever you choose to do!

  • At 2:01 PM, Blogger SkinnyME said…

    What about preschool? Doesn't it pay more then daycare? Here where I live (canada) british columbia I think an average pay for pre school teacher is $12 or something like that. I have been thinking about getting the training for it and becoming one but also sometimes I want to be an elementry teacher which requires 5 years of school but you get more pay with the job. I'm torn between the 2 it's hard to decide! :(. Good luck :)

  • At 10:57 PM, Blogger Jessica said…

    I ran my own childcare business for 9 years and provided full time childcare for 12 kids and I can tell you 2 things...it's tiring and its tiring. But I can provide another tidbit, if your state is like mine they have a meal reimbursement program for the children you watch, and if you have your own children at the same time as you have others you can claim your children as well, so if you do decide to go the daycare route, it is something to consider, the food reimbursment doubled my pay. The redcross has this program but some states and counties do their own too. Just something to think about.

  • At 12:21 PM, Blogger Shannin said…

    If it looks like the handwriting is on the wall as far as your job (downsizing, deployment, laid off...) I would stay with it so you can get some kind of severence package. I would wait to make any change until after the baby, then you can start with a clean slate.

  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger Opaco said…

    my mom ran day care out of the house when i was a senior in high school. i hated it. but she loved it. the state reimbursed her for meals and even helped in some other areas too.
    what field is Aaron in? electrician?

  • At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If it looks like you are headed for redundancy, then take it from me-it hurts less if you quit yourself, than if someone terminates you.

    That said, if it looks like you might be ok, then if it were me, I too would stay in the position and put away money in preparation for family/babies/time off.

    This may sound inane, but you absolutely need to do what will make you long-term happy.


  • At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would stay put, have the baby on then open my own center. You said you wanted to be in daycare but there is no money to be made unless you own the center.

    You can do it and it will be so much fun. Go for it.



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