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Hi all !<br><br>
I'm in the process of applying for a job which would potentially have me separated from my family a lot. During the initial training period, I would be away 5 days a week, home on the weekends for 6 mos. Then I would work back-to-back 12s 2-3 days at a time, likely staying in the city where I'd work and returning home on days off (again, 2-3 days off at a time). The schedule is very predictable (present job isn't at all), the benefits are excellent, the pay is better, and it's interesting work. I'm already used to working 12s (HA! more like 13.5s) ... which themselves result in me spending about 1.5 hrs with my family on work days before I have to crash and get up to do it again the next day.<br><br>
Even just the prospect of being separated from DS is really nerve-wracking for me. That 6 mo training period in particular. Any attached Mamas have experience w/ separation? The application process is really rigorous, so I'm not expecting anything, but I want to be prepared. I'm really trying to take it one thing at a time, but I'm so nervous!
 

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I did 3 months at a job where I worked out of town for 5 days, then was home for the weekends, and I hated it. My DH did not handle it well, and luckily it was years before I had a kid, but it was just not good. Part of the problem was the work environment, though... it really sucked.<br><br>
Thing is, in your situation, it might be short term pain for a long term gain. Once you get through the training period you'd have a job with regular, predictable hours which is going to be so important as your DS gets older. I work shift work, too, and I feel lucky that now I have enough seniority to get weekends off because my DS is in school and needs me to be available on the weekends.<br><br>
I wish you the best of luck with your decision!!
 

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Thanks for the words of support, Mamas.<br><br>
I've gone back and forth on this the last few days, but ultimately I think I'm going to go for it. The application process is very rigorous, so wish me luck!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:
 
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