Thursday, 18 October 2012

Change is a foot!

For ages I have been telling myself and anybody who asked that I would "start looking for a job when we returned from Europe". It seemed safe- miles away- there were so many other things happening before that time that I didn't really feel the need to think about it all too much.

Then our holiday came... and went...

Scallywag had his first morning at preschool (incidentally he loves loves loves it!) and I realised that I had run out of excuses.

I started to do research into re-entering my old profession and discovered that jobs in private healthcare were few and far between and when available (in my field at least) they are choosing not to employ parttimers at the moment. It seemed that my only option was to return to the public hospital - doing day shifts, evening shifts, night shifts, and on-call.

As luck would have it, there was a parttime job available, but the very idea of making my family fit around the ever changing shifts put a huge brick at the bottom of my stomach.

It. Would. Not. Budge!

I tried to rationalise it, I asked myself if I was just being a spoilt brat, but I could not get rid of that feeling of dread. I knew that this position would allow us to make the purchases that we have been putting off, but it didn't make a return to work any easier. At this stage in my life family takes priority over finances.

I talked to friends and realised that my fears were valid. That they could totally relate to my fears and understood my concerns- thanks guys!

... And then just when I didn't expect it, opportunity came knocking and I grabbed hold with both hands! Do you know what, I can say with absolute certainty that it is a job which:
a) I would not have got without this little old blog.
b) I am going to enjoy it.
It fits with not only my family life at this time but also the changed person that I am since having had kids. Who would have thought when I started this blog almost two years ago that it would have led to so much! So many friendships (in Christchurch, New Zealand and far flung corners of the world)  and a new job!

Its a funny old world and I am happy to jump at every opportunity that comes my way. I'm beginning to lose track of how many careers I have had, but none of them have been wasted. They have all contributed to me becoming the person that I am now. I'm not scared to take steps which others might see as a backwards. I see the potential for happiness, growth and personal fulfilment. In the end of the day, those are the things that count, right?

I've had a new haircut and I'm ready for new challenges! Bring it on...

Have you stayed in a job that you hate for too long or are you willing to make the jump into the great unknown?

More details on the job soon... this post is getting a bit long...

Please excuse the totally unrelated photos, but a post this wordy without photos is pretty boring isn't it!?!

21 comments:

  1. Woo hoo I can t wait to hear what job it is. I have not taught a paid day in nearly 9 years and I want to be able to be a 'reading mum' next year when my youngest starts Kindy. I am loving doing volunteer work in the library and with Year 1 once a week this year. I think I will head back to casual teaching in 2014 but wonder how it will fit around my family. All the best for your new start.

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  2. LOVE the new haircut you look totally awesome and ready to rock out your new job. Yay you for putting family before bank balance (wildly applauding you!) xx

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  3. Congrats on the new job! I am about to go on maternity leave and I am already worried about going back and whether I will like it then - the travelling, the intense hours, the pressure... It is good now.. Great new haircut!

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  4. Exciting! Big decisions, well done for not jumping into the lure of money at your families sake !

    cant wait to hear more details! A blog getting you a job!? AWESOME

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  5. Totally with you re the family first/avoiding shift work thing (I've let my rego lapse this year!).I am so excited for you and your hair looks great. I shall have to take you out for celebratory cake (we're on the verge of getting another car-phew!) xxx

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  6. Congratulations on the job! I'm in the same boat, thinking I should get a job now that my daughter is in school but worried about what to do during her holidays. Hopefully I will find an opportunity like yours :-)

    You look lovely with your new haircut. All the best!

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  7. Good on you Juliet for making a "family-first" choice. So so hard isnt' it. I can't wait to hear what you are going to do!!

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    1. Its from Steph by the way! Not Jamie!

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  9. Congrats on the job! Only you know what's right for you and your family.

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  10. it's a huge decision isn't it, i found working 1 or 2 days a week ok when I had one child but after having done a few days work this year with 3 children it was very challenging getting the time to get organised for it (i'm a teacher) and sorting out all the kids daycare, school drop off and picks ups etc. Look forward to hearing more about your new job (and great haircut too!)

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  11. woohoo! Congratulations! So glad you found the perfect job, rather than going against your instincts..

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  12. Awesome news! I look forward to finding out what the new job is that you landed???? It's a tough situation to be in when you have kids,..it's a bit of tug and war. Love the haircut too! Looking good! :)

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  13. Congrats! I'm guessing this was the job we spoke about? When do you start?

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  14. So happy for you - it's a very hard decision and a difficult balance to achieve (if at all...). Go you and go that awesome haircut!!! Big hugs x

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  15. I'm so glad you've found a job that you're looking forward to, not one that left feelings like bricks in your stomach!

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  16. Well done! I wish I could change jobs, but it's pretty unlikely that one would come along that fits in with our family and my health so I'm instead doing my best to be grateful that I do actually have a job. Hope your new job works out well

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  17. It's so nice when it all falls together. How awesome! Wishing you tons of fun and more luck with the new job.

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  18. Cute, CUTE haircut on you. :D And your friends were right - you were not being a spoiled brat at all by not wanting to take a job with nasty hours for a family. Congrats on the good job that came to you!

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  19. All the best Juliet! I'm dying to hear about your new job, it sounds very exciting - lovely to 'see' you in person too :D
    Alison x

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  20. totally get it. which is why I'm mad enough to try and run my own businesses - bets being stuck in traffic and feeling guilting for always being away from my little one. you'll do great in the role and you'll love it I know

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