I'm stuck with what's turning out to be a really tough decision. I'm working on my Bachelor's in medical laboratory science. The lab that I want to work in when I graduate is hiring. Its not a tech job, basically I would be an assistant, replacing supplies, answering phones, etc. I would get benefits (health insurance, dental, vision, free health clinic for employees and their spouses and kids, 401k, etc.) AND I would get 75-100% tuition reimbursement for my major!!!! Its just too great an opportunity to pass up. Except: Its a full time, 40hrs a week position. The hours are night, so I would be there sometimes until 2am, but its 7days on/ 7 days off. I currently do ALL my studying at night when DH is home to entertain DS.
Can I do this? DH works full time (and sometimes overtime) and we have a 3 year old son with no one that can help with babysitting.
I don't want to get overwhelmed in school and lose motivation. If I don't take this job though, I'm passing up great health insurance (we are uninsured currently) and the tuition reimbursement.
Working and student moms: Tell me I can do this. How do you do it?
If you want it bad enough, you would be amazed at what you can (and will) do.
I am a solo parent to ds, full-time elementary school teacher and a full-time graduate student.
How do I do it? I want it... I love grad school. I love the future possibilities of my new career. It's my ultimate passion. Honestly, my classes are often like a vacation for me.
Practically speaking, I ask for help when I need it. Plan ahead. Keep life as simple as possible. And... I am nice to myself when times get overly crazy and stressed. I have two mantras: "Stay in the moment" & "This too shall pass."
It sounds like you aren't working now? If that is correct, then this will be additional income you could put towards hiring someone to help you? You also wouldn't have to pay your current tuition yourself (or at least are reimbursed). My DP is going to be moving out of state a month or 3 ahead of me for a better paying job, but our income will be lower because I'll be hiring someone to help me while he's gone.
In your position I would grab that opportunity with both hands and use it to prove how great you are.
Loving mama to Aden (8/5/2010) and DSD (15).