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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

PYHO - Exploring a change

Wait - before you read any further! Jellybean is a finalist in the weekly photo contest for Parents.com and he needs your vote! Could you please take a minute to vote for him and ask a friend to do the same? Thanks in advance!


Ever since we found out we were pregnant with Jellybean I have hated the idea of having to work so much. At the same time I understood that I am the primary breadwinner in the family and I am providing for us so it has always been a necessary evil. Now that Jellybean is almost 5 months old – it hasn’t gotten any easier. I still despise knowing I am missing out on so much with him. I love that when I do pick him up from day care he snuggles right up to me but I wish there was a way I could spend more time with him.

Which has led me to seriously contemplate a career change.

Florida offers alternative certification for teachers. Basically if you have a bachelor’s degree you can take a test to become certified to teach in a certain area.

Summers off. A large amount of PTO. Decent benefits.

I’m very, very tempted.

It would be a pay cut initially but I could conceivably work on my master’s degree online and make up the difference rather quickly.

I haven’t even run any of this by the hubby yet but I know he would support me regardless of what I choose.

I wouldn’t be a Stay at Home Mom but I would be home more. I would have more time for him and future kids. I know it would be a career that I enjoyed.

The idea of turning everything upside down is scary though. I’ve been at my company for over five years. I’m comfortable here. I know the routine and the people.

I don’t think that’s a good enough reason to not explore the possibility of teaching though. Right now I don’t see any openings in my county but the adjoin county does have some. I need to explore this and see where it might lead me. I owe it to Jellybean.

Wish me luck.

And if this doesn’t pan out - There is that $144 million Powerball drawing tonight!


This post is linked up with Shell as part of Pour Your Heart Out Wednesdays.


10 comments:

Krystal said...

They just laid off over 1,000 teachers in our county. Even teaching isn't stable anymore. It's sad, really. :( http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/teacher-layoffs-hit-fla.-counties-050611

Sara said...

Good Luck.... With whatever you decide!!

Kim said...

In Canada we are blessed to get a year maternity. My heart truly goes out to you for having to leave your baby so early. It is the hardest thing.

Adrienne said...

I wish you the best of luck and many prayers on this one. I know "Merit Pay" for teachers in FL has recently been passed. It's possible that your degree/level of experience will have nothing to do with your pay. Google it! "Rick Scott's Merit Pay for Teachers" or something like that. It will come up. Research a bit before you make a big move! Prayers for wisdom.

Shell said...

How exciting! Lots of luck!

And of course I voted for your cutie!

Jenn @ South of Sheridan said...

I voted!

I looked into getting my teaching certification after graduating - in Pennsylvania it would take me another 2 years for a certification! Crazy! I could get my Master's in that time frame.

Good luck on making this decision!

strugglingforeverafter said...

This is something I have thought about for a few years too (I am the breadwinner...)

good luck with your plans and I am sure you know this (but I am the queen of the ovious) ... do a little volunteer work in a few schools that are hiring before you commit to moving... teaching in a bad school is terrible. I know a few people who have tried it.

Some have done terrific moving to teaching(they are teaching and loving it in the middle east) and others that have crashed and burned. :-(

mamatrack.com said...

I know exactly how you feel. I ended up leaving my job after my son was born. It was a hard decision.

I wish you the best of luck as you make your choice!

Kristin said...

It is definitely hard to go back to work when you're a mama. I hope that whatever you do, you feel like you're doing what's right!

Kisma said...

I went back to work outside the home a year ago after opearting an in home day care from my home. The money was good, and the licensing wasn't hard, just a lot of paperwork and visits.

Once my youngest was in school, I returned to work in corporate American. The only issue I have now is this is the first summer I am NOT at home with my kids and its been challenging. So I understand you dilemma.

I wish you luck in whatever you do that works best for you and your family.

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