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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.
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  • TANYA602
    I think that you're in such a perfect position to get back into the workforce and I hope you find something that is rewarding and makes you smile and help others each day. Keep us posted!
    1655 days ago
    The best jobs are the ones we really enjoy. Hope you find one that you love!
    1658 days ago
    Good luck!
    1658 days ago
  • BRENDA_G50
    My mom use to work in that type of work until she herself needed help. Even though she now has Alzheimer's, when she reflects back on those days you can still see the pride in her eyes. She lights up a the mere mention of it. She said that was the best job she ever had.

    Good luck and wishing you the best. emoticon
    1658 days ago
    That sounds like a great idea...go for it!
    1658 days ago
  • ACRAIG921
    Best of luck in your new career. It will be so rewarding. You will be great at it.

    I work as a nurse aide and usually have more elderly patients. They are some of the best patients to work with.

    1659 days ago
    Knowing what you want to do, not what you HAVE to do is half the battle.
    1659 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    So glad you have decided that the career you want is on that suits you perfectly. Yes, you do need to want around older people who needs help. It surely is a opening occupation with all the baby boomers to hit that group. I am possitive yoou will do a wonderful job. Best of luck in this endevor.
    1659 days ago
  • GRAMMY7070
    I work as an appointment coordinator in a cancer center for the last 9 years. It can be very stressful at times, but it also has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Those patients are amazing. They demonstrate everyday hope and caring. These people always put others first in spite of what they are going thru. You also learn how precious life is. Good luck with your job search. emoticon
    1659 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    best of luck, I hope you find something that you love and are passionate about. That is the best career to have!
    1659 days ago
    You are such a caring, thoughtful person! I wish you the best in this new endeavor!
    1659 days ago
    I'm certain you will provide wonderful support and assistance within the industry. You'll become a treasure to many.
    Good luck with your job search.
    1659 days ago
    Yea, careers are more rewarding..I am in the market for one too...if only someone would hire me!

    Best of luck :)
    1659 days ago
    I think (from reading your blogs) that you would be a wonderful caregiver. Helpful, kind, supportive, hard worker -- all those qualities that make you a stellar SparkFriend also make you a good elder caregiver. Best of luck to you! emoticon
    1659 days ago
    You can do it...I have faith in you.
    1659 days ago
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