4.09.2008

Vocational Counseling

My youngest daughter goes to Kindergarten in September and my husband is already fantasizing about what kind of job I'll get when she's in school. (After all, he can't have me at home slacking during the six hours that my children are otherwise occupied.) He has suggested to me several times that I get my teaching certificate...which always makes me laugh. I truly wonder if he has ever watched me while I help my third grader with her homework. I have about as much patience as a prison guard. I love children, but I don't think I'm cut out for spending six hours a day with 20 of them!

I've got five months to come up with a way to contribute financially to this family. I've been out of the job market for 9 years, and when I was in it I was not exactly bringing in six figures. I always gravitated towards low paying jobs in the entertainment field (which many nights required me to work until midnight.) Not an option anymore for this suburban mom.

So, for the next five months I'll enjoy my "life of leisure" as a laundress, housekeeper, cook, child psychologist, babysitter, dog walker, gardener, chauffeur, tennis player and Art Show Chairwoman.

In the meantime, if you hear of any high paying jobs in Central Jersey that would allow me to work from 9:30-2:30, (September through June, with days off for school vacations) wear jeans, and not have to sit behind a desk, leave a comment.

My husband would love to hear from you!!!


23 comments:

clemsongirlandthecoach said...

I got it.

I have that job. Minus the jeans b/c my arse looks better in a dress. Real Estate baby. I pick my children up from school every day.

:)

MommyTime said...

I'm not clever enough to have any ideas at this point. What you really want is a 1/2 time job with flexible hours. hmmm... Without knowing more about your experience, it's hard to know -- but perhaps there are local theater or arts companies that are hiring (are you in marketing and promotions?)

Oh, WAIT. I read about this woman who started a company to teach tennis lessons to kids, and her deal was that she traveled to schools to do the lessons during what was otherwise recess/PE time. She owned all the equipment but saved a ton of money by not having to rent/own facilities. So she could also charge less for weekly (group) lessons than many places. After a couple of years, she was having to hire college tennis players to help her teach her classes because she was in such demand.

She could set her own hours, charge by the term for lessons, and made something like $30K for a job that allowed her to work only during school hours. She had relatively low liability insurance. Her out-of-pocket expenses were like $1000 per year plus gas. YOU would be perfect for something like this!! Wanna' start a company?

QueenMother said...

Real Estate-I agree. It is the best. I am not as busy (read:successful) as Clemson Girl, but it definitely pays off in work to earning ratio.

Queen Mommy said...

I got nothing, but if when you find it, they are hiring, let me know!!!

Feener said...

haha. i started going back to school last year to get my masters in teaching b/c i know that once the kids are in school I will probably want to go back to work and yes what better hours than a teacher. however, i quite after 3 classes b/c i couldn't do it with the 2 young kids. i have a finance background and am thinking that i should start doing bookkeeping for a small company just to stay in the loop. i have thought of real estate but i don't know......
or i could have a third kid and put it off...hum

koffee said...

I am in the same predicament! And my husband has the same ideas on teaching!! I only have one child but think another might stretch out my time...

But seriously I just today decided to take a Real Estate course!

Melissa said...

Being a teacher is so freakin hard (I would know) and it's almost impossible to get a teaching job in Jersey from what I hear, so tell your husband that teaching is a no-go :)

I'd def try to get a part time job so you can still be there for your kiddos if they need you.

so tired said...

I could just copy this post and put it on my blog and change the state. My youngest is also going to kindergarten in the fall. However she will only be going half day. So I have one more year to figure it out than you.

So, you discover something marvelous and I'll just copy you!

P said...

.... I'm thinking. I'm thinking. Ummm, sorry nothing comes to mind. But I will think on it this morning, and if I come up with something, I'll let you know.

The Chic Chauffeur said...

In Kansas, we can substitute teach as long as we have a bachelors degree. It's really more like babysitting, because you don't have to come up with lesson plans, you just pop in to take over the classroom for an hour here and there. I just applied for my emergency sub license, and voila, I was in business. I really only like to sub at my kids school, so's I can spy on them.

LunaNik said...

Great post. I'm in the same boat babe. Seems like the popular vote is for real estate. Maybe I should look into getting my license. I've also been wanting to get certified to be a CNA (Certified Nurses Assistant). There are ALWAYS positions available and usually flex hours BUT it's a dirty, dirty job. Pros and cons, ya know.

Kris said...

Lurker here...I was just going to say being a sub. You can (at least here) specify what grades you'll do and it's $80-$100 a day. So you still bring in a little money but you still have several days off a week!

Far From Perfect said...

warn him to be careful what he wishes for... there are some things on the flip side with you working..

Heather J. said...

CNA yikes......NO.
I was a sub for many a years....pay is good. Not steady, though.
I'm a preschool teacher now....LOVE IT.

Regarding Real Estate, is this really viable, as the current economic climate isn't all that stable and the high foreclosure rate seems daunting?

What about teachers aide? it's generally part time.

The tennis instructor sounds right up your alley, you set the schedule.

Impoverished Preppy said...

Hey welcome back. Hope the vaca was lovely.

Why don't you get your certificate in speech/communications/theater arts and work with junior high or high school kids? It would kind of be in your field and the schedule would be exactly what you want.

Southern Fried Girl said...

Bless your husband's heart but he is living in a friggin fairy land. LOLOL

Other than real estate, I am bone dry with regards to ideas.

Jerseygirl89 said...

I have a master's in teaching and nine years experience and I can't get a job in Jersey - not even tutoring. Which is actually good, since I don't want to teach anyway. But, tell your Hubby to get over the teaching idea.

After spending way too much time hanging on the performancing.com and pro-blogger job boards, I snagged a part-time researcher/writer job that I get to do from home. I love it. But it required a lot of persistence. On the up side, since Hubby doesn't know when I've finished my paid work for the day, I can say I'm not finished when I really am and I can get him to watch the kids while I read blogs. Not that I'm advocating lying, of course.

SnappyCasualGifts said...

I don't think the husbands understand what we do all day. Mine thinks I just take naps!

Ladybug's Picnic said...

I work part time from home as an education consultant/writer. Freelancing is good work if you can get it - technical writing in particular.

Teaching is a full, full, full time job. (I'm a former teacher/principal/district admin) Also, if you don't LOVE teaching you'll be miserable. Sometimes I consider going back as a teacher's aide when my kids are in school simply because the hours would work, but we'll see.

BusyDad said...

What mommytime said! I was going to add that since your income is not critical to family survival (assuming this because you have lived the past few years without it), you have the freedom to pursue and develop a business that plays into your interest/hobby. People usually don't have the time to let a business build up, which is why so many fail or don't start at all. You have time, so if you have the passion for it, then I say go for it.

Maggie said...

Ever thought of an office type job with your school district. Some of those are school year only positions, with full benefits :)

Hillcrest Acres said...

When you find that job let me know because I'm looking for the exact same thing only in the Chicago area.

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