I had a baby two years ago and have been struggling since then with the work/life issues many mothers face. It's a little more extreme for me because I don't have family near by and I also don't drive.
It's been hard to find meaningful work that fits within my family's schedule. My partner does shift work that varies week to week. I cannot depend on him for daycare or transportation.
I thought I had solved my working issue a few months ago when I took an on call job. My on call work which went well in the fall, hasn't called me in a month. I'm starting to get frustrating and I am again looking for work. I'm not quitting but something has to accompany it. I cannot live off the limited and unpredictable income it provides.
There's a long list of what would make it easier to get a job, in my sector, in my city. So I am putting together a plan of action.
A couple of days ago I went to office that provides free french classes for new immigrants. I asked about the french classes, and I found out about the french classes which I will probably do part time in the spring, along with a few other courses that I can take through them that could help me get a better job. I spoke about my issues with a friend, who explained to me an internships program that I could do, to start a business. I've been looking at job ads and found one clinic that is offering 3 full time positions. It's a little far for me and not in my area of interest. I'm also not looking for full time work mostly because its hard to accommodate it with my partner's ever-changing work schedule. However this job fits really well with my training, and since there are three jobs, for people with relatively specific training, something tells me if I wanted one of the positions I could have it. So I decided that I am going to apply and see how flexible the scheduling could be and how well it will pay. I found a couple of other part-time jobs that I am applying to this week. I also pulled rank and contacted a director of a government agency, an agency who I would love to work for, that is making me jump through paperwork hoops that will take 6 months to possibly get on their on call list. Its super annoying because after 6 months and 100 dollars to process the paperwork they require as a formality, they may not hire me. If her contact at work, works out I may be able to get a very ideal on call job and reduce the time frame of the paperwork required to get the position. I am hopeful that I hear back this week about it. I am going to go see an employment counselor this week. Lastly I am applying to go back to school, it's my back up plan. So between the employment counselor, the internship program, several job applications, my contacts, and my upcoming french classes I think something should work out. If all else fails, I will go back to school full time in the Fall for a two year program that will lend itself to more career opportunities.
I have a serious game plan. What about you? Is there anything you need to change to improve your financial situation?