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.


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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