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I thought about posting over in the working mom's area but I really want the single perspective here....STBX and I are moving towards the big D so I'm trying to think about going back to work <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I would love to find something that offers lots of flexibility in hours but also pays well. I think I will have some money left over (if things go well) so I could afford to go back to school if I needed to. I've been thinking about OT (which would take 4 years of school) or something really boring like technical writing (which would take a year)...and I wonder if going in to teaching would be good (1-2 years) - or would it be stressful and not pay enough?<br><br>
Anyway, would love to hear what you do and what you like/don't like about your work/life balance and salary!<br><br>
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Hi Hippymomma69...<br><br>
I am a social worker at an approved private school for special education students. It has been wonderful to be on a school schedule, having summers and most school holidays off with my kids. We have many OTs working at the school so that might be a good option for you...is that what you most want to do?<br><br>
Good luck Mama!!<br><br>
Mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie"> to DD (15) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/violin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="violin"> and DD (12) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/coolshine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sunshine">: and one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/cat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cat">:
 

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honestly I don't know *what* I want to do....sigh. My first priorities right now are flexibility and stability/income. My mom was one of those artist types who did what she loved but never made much money - and now that she is older she is VERY stressed about the money. Whereas my grandmother, although single for many, many years after my grandfather died, was a teacher and NEVER worried about money or helping her daughter or grandkids out. And she had lots of free time in the summers....I'd rather be like her, I think.<br><br>
The thing holding me back from OT is that I'm not naturally adept at the biological sciences...I'm more of a techie type person. But I like the idea of having a profession that is in demand and where I could maybe work with older folks like my grandma...not sure how I'd be with kids, honestly. So that's why I'm not saying absolutely yes to teaching either...I just need more experience in a classroom setting to see if I could hack it or not. Not sure I'm outgoing enough!<br><br>
anyway, thanks for sharing - your job sounds interesting!<br>
peace,<br>
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Why not do some research with a career coach at a local college? They will have some ideas about what careers are out there for someone with your interests/skills, etc.
 

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that's a good idea - do you pay for that service? can you talk with them even if you aren't attending the school?<br><br>
peace,<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My first priorities right now are flexibility and stability/income.<br><br>
I just need more experience in a classroom setting to see if I could hack it or not. Not sure I'm outgoing enough!<br></div>
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Robyn,<br><br>
Try signing up to substitute teach. I am doing that. It can be stressful, but will tell you alot about whether you might want to teach. You can do it as much or as little as you like. Where I am from it is all computerized. I can pick which schools I will work at and what days. Then the "system" calls me (or I can check online).<br><br>
I am also substituting at my girls' former preschool and I found that that work was much less exhausting for me. Funny, because a friend thought 4th grade would appeal to me more than 1st grade. Nope. Apparently I enjoy the itty bittys more.<br><br>
So, that is one route for exploration without commitment.<br><br>
GL,<br><br>
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never thought of that! what a great idea - I'll look into it!<br>
peace,<br>
robyn<br><br>
rats have to have a credential to sub....
 

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You can tell them you're looking at going back to school and not sure exactly what direction to go. I'm pretty sure it's a free service. You could call in advance and talk to someone over the phone to find out for sure.<br><br>
They are usually happy to help someone find a career path...because it's likely you will end up at their school getting the education for it.
 

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With a Bachelor's degree and passing scores on the CBEST, CA will award you a substitute credential.<br><br>
As a 1st grade teacher in Oakland, I can tell you that substituting and having your own class are two totally different worlds. I would not substitute to save my life.
 

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Nonprofit organizations are typically more flexible and are concerned with work/life balance. I initially started doing nonprofit work before ds when I just got burned out of 65 hour weeks and the corporate crap. They pay less but typically have much better benefits and are much more flexible. I actually just started a job today for a nonprofit at a Director level, it is about $40K less than I made 5 years ago at a large for profit. We work 35 hour weeks, I pay nothing for my health insurance, and it is super laid back.<br><br>
Do I wish I was making more money...yep, because I have a bunch of debt from being in a disabling accident a few years ago, but there is no way I could do a corporate, highly demanding job now with ds. He is more important than my career although I do get a lot of satisfaction from working with an organization whose mission I support.<br><br>
There are lots of different positions within a nonprofit so take a look around. If you don't mind telling us what kind of experience do you have now?<br><br>
PM me if you want more info.
 

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Really?!!!<br><br>
Not in my school district. You don't even have to have a college degree! Which surprised me.<br><br>
You might want to double check that. Also, instructional assistants definitely don't need to be certified -- at least you could look around the class room in that role.<br><br>
Maybe your district is different than mine though; mine is huge -- they need up to 500 subs a day.<br><br>
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I am a Special Ed Teacher, and I think it is a decent job that pays decent. I guess it partly depends on the person as to what they think is good pay and what is a good job. Subbing tends to be crappy as kids never behave the same unless you are in a long term sub job. The biggest problems with teaching are lack of support services for special needs, ESL etc and the parents. I have heard teachers say if it wasn't for the vacations they wouldn't do the job. I have had at least one parent who was a total PITA, but I have had also had very nice parents.<br><br>
I don't know what teacher salaries are in CA, but in Washington State teacher's are considered low income. In Canada, teachers with 10 years experience make over 70,000 depending on the province. (US teachers can get into Canada.... altho Canadian teachers cannot get visas to work in the US)<br><br>
This may be science oriented too, but Developmental/Behavioral Optometrists make over $100k. Aircraft mechanics make good money. Also I think there are medical technical jobs that make good money.<br><br>
Some things to consider would be job prospects (short term and long term) and portability if you are thinking you might want to move somewhere else.
 

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Yeah I'm in Marin and you have to have a cred or have the temporary emergency certificate - which I think means you passed the test the PP listed. I'm in one of those "yuppie bubbles" so I guess there is competition to work in these schools - some of the best in the whole state.<br><br>
My background is in 2 things - web work (but i'm about 10 years out of date technology wise) and video production. No way will I go back to video production - talk about a lack of work/life balance! It's also not portable enough for me - I want to be able to live in a smaller community and make a living. I also have a master's in anthropology - not that I've ever done anything with it. And I was a VISTA in a non-profit community technology organization. So I have a grab bag of stuff but nothing stood out to me as having the balance I wanted....<br><br>
hth - thanks for all your replies - I'm learning alot!<br>
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I'm a special ed teacher too and love it, but if I had to do it again with single parenthood in mind I'd choose speech pathology. An SLP has many more options including working from home, flexible hours, different settings (hospital, school, clinic). It also has all the things about teaching that I love the most -- parent work, working with small groups of kids or 1:1, diagnostic/prescriptive teaching.<br><br>
An OT would have the same advantages, but me doing OT would be like a tone deaf person teaching violin -- I am sooo uncoordinated/dyspraxic that I'd hang a swing upside down and the kid would fall out.<br><br>
Good luck with whatever you choose!
 

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Could you teach college level Anthropology? My dream job would be to teach college level courses online. Talk about portable! My mom has a friend who does it and she lives on a sail-boat with her husband (I'm so jealous).<br><br>
I work in Accounting and found it to be quite good when I was single. Being able to telecommute was a life-saver when it came to sick kids, over-time, and holidays when the kids were out of school/daycare.
 

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I second the non-profit gig. I found a great job working from home at the website idealist.org. You sound very qualified for a lot of jobs I have seen on there. Good luck!
 

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My main goal has always been to be at home with my son as much as possible. I've found several things that I worked well.<br><br>
When I was first divorced I worked part time as a paralegal. My hours were flexable and many days I was able to take some of my work home and finish it at night when my son was asleep.<br><br>
Now I'm a real estate agent and it's great because I totally set my own schedule. If I need a day off to go to the pumpkin patch, fine, I take it off. But it can be hard because the income is so unreliable! I've been waiting on a big commission that is FINALLY coming on Friday, but sometimes it's hard to survive between those big commissions.<br><br>
So I've also got another flexable job. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I do research for a firm .. it's 100% on my own schedule, own time. The plus is that it's very good money, and I can do it from home. The downside is that I find myself working most evenings (like tonight) and I don't have much down time to myself.<br><br>
Hope this helps you!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I second the non-profit gig. I found a great job working from home at the website idealist.org. You sound very qualified for a lot of jobs I have seen on there. Good luck!</div>
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OMG that is so funny....I worked on a non-profit's website that listed volunteer ops and I had to work with the guy from idealist to put our listings on his site....I totally forgot about them. they have telecommuting stuff on there? i'll go check it out!<br><br>
mistymama - what kind of training do you need to be a paralegal? can you do it with just a degree of any kind or do you need something special?<br><br>
I've thought about real estate but the market here in CA is too competitive - even agents who've been doing it for years don't make as much because there are too many other agents. They're lucky to get a few sales a year....sigh. Maybe if I move somewhere else eventually....<br><br>
peace,<br>
robyn<br><br>
I just checked the site and there was a part-time position near me that would be perfect for me - except you have to travel sometimes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> My youngest is too young for that yet. But it was a *perfect* fit with my skills - wonder how much it pays? LOL Thanks for the tip I'll keep checking it.
 

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I say go for education. One thing to be aware of is to be certain the holidays/breaks are the same or nearly the same. It would be a drag to have spring break a week before or after the spring break of your children. Not all days off will be the same, but within the same school district or town, chances may be higher.<br><br>
I am in education and I am a single mom and it is wonderful.
 

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This isn't a career by a long shot but I'm a waitress and it works out okay for us. We avoid daycare(my stbx watches them at night and weekends while I work) and it CAN be a relatively good sum of money in short hours. I end up working only 20-25 hours on average per week(spread over 4 days) and I still pay my bills okay. So while it's no fancy career with a degree, it works. And I plan on going back to school next fall.
 
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