Monday, 21 July 2008

Oh my goodness I have a job!

I have been a stay at home Mum for nearly 11 years since I had my son. Since then I've had several jobs on and off that have fitted in with the children. I've worked in Sainsburys on the deli counter (evenings), data entry from home, internet researcher etc and currently work once a week on a Monday doing a market research type job in a large supermarket. I have to say though, I detest retail as I find it mind-numbingly boring and felt very much taken for granted.

I haven't worked "properly" since my daughter was born 8 years ago as she was born with a heart condition and went through a very tough time during her first two years. I never felt I could leave her with anyone, so always worked when my husband was at home, but knew none of these jobs would suit me long term.

Recently a job was advertised at my children's school, for a playworker in the after school club which will be set up next term. I let the deadline pass as my confidence is about zero after being at home for so long. I was then told by one of the management committee that if I changed my mind they would welcome a late application from me as no-one suitable had applied. Luckily my friend is a playworker in the breakfast club so she helped me with the interview questions, which my daughter (age nearly 8) tested me on!

And I got the job!

You wont envy the hours though, 3.15pm to 6.15pm Monday to Friday!

Next stop, classroom assistant!

28 comments:

Sandie said...

Well done you! It's probably a bit daunting but exciting and you will love it, I'm sure.

Wishing you all the best in Brizzle!

A Different Era said...

Thanks Sandie, it feels good to be doing something different. It gives me experience of working with children and I also have to do an NVQ which I am looking forward to. Not sure my two are going to enjoy going to the club after school every day after the novelty has worn off!

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Congratulations, this will put on the right path to get that classroom assistant's job! I'm sure your two will get used to it, at least they'll have Mum to themselves during the school holidays!

Lace Threads said...

That's fantastic - well done you! You'll really enjoy it, I'm sure.
You're in the bucket, so to speak! (lol) for my giveaway - thanks for leaving a comment.

This Vintage Life... said...

That's great..well done you!

angel said...

Well done Honey, you will love it im sure, and think of the HOLIDAYS, yoohoooooo
You'l be at home more than at work... LOL I'm so happy for you. Mwah.

dancingonabladeofgrass said...

Just a note to say thanks again for the lovely strawberry bonbons - just got around to them - luverly.

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Be positive, and everything will go well!
All your blog friends, are thinking of you and wishing you good luck!
Kisses Kisses
Debbie
xxx

Alchamillamolly said...

Congrats on the job - well done - ance you are in its easier to get what you really want I always think. Did you ever hear anymore about your dresser - have you managed to get another one?? I bought mone months ago to strip and paint but it wont be getting done this year!

MaryPoppins said...

Well done you should be really proud as you know my DS has a heart condition too and I really want to get back to work and know he shall be fine yet not sure if I can leave him quite yet X

Cathy said...

Congratulations on your job! I'm sure it will go well, and the experience will really help with getting a job as a classroom assistant. You'll be able to enjoy the long holidays too - sounds perfect!
Cathy X

French Knots said...

Congratulations, a job in a school sounds perfect so you can be off when the children are.
Mine loved going to after school club when I was working and often ask to go now as it's more fun than coming home with me!

bibbitybob said...

Well done! I've worked as a playworker for about 4 years now, on and off. I'm bank staff so I don't have to do term time usually but I do get the 10 hour days in the holidays!! It's good fun, you'll love it :) x

Lois said...

All the best with the job, and hopefully this will be a stepping stone to bigger things for you, that work for your family. It's tough juggling family and working You must be easy on yourself. You have obviously been a great mommie, and you can do just about anything after you have done some time being a mom! The world doesnt know that, but it's true! Its the best training ground there is, and you should think of yourself as 'overly' qualified!
Loisxx

Elizabethd said...

Well done, it is a rewarding jobto do (says she, an ex teacher!)I know how many mothers are desperate for after school help.

Vintage to Victorian said...

Well done! What a confidence boost for you. I'm sure you'll have a great time in your new job.

Just visiting via Debbie's blog.

Sue

katys_clutter said...

Well done & Congratulations!!A great confidence boost, Loving those hours:)

This Vintage Life... said...

Hi, You won a little something in my giveaway. You have a choice to make! Let me know which with your address and I'll get it off to you
Deb x

Thecraftytrundler said...

Congratulations!!! The new job will give you independence, and being at a school is ideal when you have young children.

Have fun

Sharon xx

Lajoni said...

Hi first time reading your blog and I had to comment on your latest post as I was exactly the same ...previous to having my 3 children I had worked in retail, not really enjoying it, basically just a way to earn a living as I wasn't the academic type...I was a SAHM for 18 yrs until my youngest was 12 and was terrified going into the workplace as everything had changed so much ....I have been in the same job for 5 years now and really love it...so good luck xx

Lajoni said...

Ha just realised this post was 6/7 mths old...if you read this hope the jobs going well lol

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

That`s great news!
Congratulations are in order!
Debbie Moss

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Good for you! Since you've been a stay-at-home mom, this sounds like a great step into the work force for you. Enjoy that check!

Cyberkim said...

Apologies for being Off Topic:

Thanks for mentioning "Emmaus" in your comment on Frugal Queen's blog.

One of my old friends works for them and is always pleased to get any extra publicity.

Kylie said...

Congratulations Tonya!
Even though I don't know you
I am very proud of you...I know what it's like to be a stay-at-home-Mum and to re-enter the work force after a long time... I hope you love your new job and that it's the start of exciting things to come! Thanks for visiting my blog. Goodluck x

Kylie said...

just re-read your post and realize it was written in 2008! Are you still working? (that's probably why your blogging slowed down?)

Tonya said...

Hi Kylie, I started that job but was made redundant last July as there was no demand for after school care in our school. I'm not very consistent with blogging but great at reading everyone elses lol

Torie Jayne said...

Wishing you and your loved ones a "Merry Christmas!"
Torie Jayne
x