When I started having my children, I made the decision along with my husband that I would stay home and raise them. I don’t want to say I regret my decision but it definitely is making it harder to get back into the work force. I have applied at many places even any where for part time work. I apply for Jobs that work around my kids schedules. Third shift positions even because Day care is expensive so when the kids are home, I need to be home. I have gone on interviews but as soon as they see that I have been home for 7 years they have their mind set to that I can’t do the job for lack of experience. One place told me that exact thing to my face. I am feeling like my only option is becoming a bus driver or working in the school district as a lunch lady. Are those really my only options? There is nothing wrong with those jobs, it’s not like i’ll be locked in forever. Or will I? coming from stay home mom to bus driver, maybe it’ll make my search harder? Suggestions ?

Dear Kimmy,

You are in the very same position as so many other people and not just stay at home Moms. It is also as difficult to get your foot in the door of a company with a college degree as it is coming back into the work force as a stay at home Mom. Experience, experience, experience is the work force mantra but how and where do you get it.
Start off with anything. Anything you can get so that you can build an employment history. I too was a stay at home Mom for a few years. When I needed to become the head of the household I took a waitress job. From that one job, I met people who helped me find other jobs and opportunities. I am a huge believer in, it’s not what you know, but who you know. Every new person you meet is opportunity. Opportunity to learn from them, build a base with them and meet even more people. Remember it is very important to learn from others, feed your brain. Every small job can be a stepping stone to another job. You should be the master of your own destiny.
At some point you have to stop waiting for the chance and take one. You may enjoy being a bus driver and it may work for you until your children get older. You will have a very similar schedule as the children, summers off and there will be NO large daycare payment.
For extra cash and schedule purposes, either job doesn’t sound so bad to me for now. Later on is not enough, then move on. Life should be lived until the very last second, so you will never be to old to learn a new trick.

Good Luck & Huge Muther Hugs,

OTM

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