Changes in more ways than one
Monday, August 05, 2013
I've been irritated at my lot in life lately.
The kids are finally old enough I don't have to worry as much about them every moment of every day. They're old enough to throw together a bowl of cereal or a sandwich, so I can do things while they're feeding themselves. My oldest is actually old enough (by legal standards) to stay home alone for short periods of time now.
My husband finally has a steady job with steady hours. We've pretty much had issues with steady jobs since we've been married. His original job fired him for taking vacation time he'd earned to go and get married. We've been working temp jobs, kids jobs (like movie theaters, WalMart and such), and just any job we could find. Fortunately the last temp job for him turned into a steady job with benefits and actual raises.
The problem with this current job he has is that 2/3 of his check goes to medical benefits and the other 2/3 goes to rent. Yep, you read that right, if we weren't getting help, we wouldn't be making it at all.
So that puts me in a predicament. I have to find a good job at this point. I need to have one that makes up any income we'd be losing from the help we get. I have a feeling we'll be living tighter when I do work than we are now, but I still want to start and get ahead of our situation where we're not sure if the help will continue to be there. We're finally in a good enough place that I can work.
I want to do something more than "just a job". I want to go out and help people. I know that a job in nutrition is probably out of my reach since I'd have to travel all the way to the cities to finish that education. I have been looking into some other things and because of some programming on television, I think I've hit upon something that would be worthwhile.
I like helping people. I've loved playing with the kids at school and the interaction. I also love talking to random people, I like being able to chit-chat with people. I see how my parents are aging (fairly well, but who knows how long that will last), and they're part of the biggest generation to get to that age. I'm thinking of going into the elder-care industry.
Fortunately I have a friend who works in that industry and thinks I could be a good fit for it. I'm cheerful and helpful. She helped me with my résumé and gave me some really good pointers. I'll be sending out all my info to the places soon and will have a job by the time the kids are really going in school. I plan on taking classes to climb the ladder once I get into the industry.
It's an industry that will continue to survive no matter how the economy is going. People will continue to get old and need the help. I will love to be there helping until I'm the one needing the help. I think that it will be a great opportunity to be in a field that I'll love and be able to get myself out of the tax bracket I happen to be in at the moment.
Anyone can get a job, I'm looking for a career.
Today's Holidays: Work Like a Dog Day, National Underwear Day, National Walk on the Moon Day/Neil Armstrong's Birthday (1930), National Oyster Day and National Beer Day.