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Question for the SAHM's

When do you plan on going back to work?  Will you make a career change or do what you did before you had kids?
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Patrick born August 2008
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m/c April 2009
Ectopic September 2009
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m/c January 2010
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m/c April 2011
Started ivf June 2011, ER 8/19, 9 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 embryos transfered 8/22
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Re: Question for the SAHM's

  • I plan on going back once our youngest is in school full time.  I was a classroom teacher before having DS and got a masters in reading so I can hopefully go back as a reading specialist (which would allow part or full time work)
  • I am not going back until at least DS is in school full time.  I'd love to have one year with just DD at home too, so we'll see.  I will go back into teaching.
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  • I don't have a firm plan as far as timing, but going back to work for me will almost certainly entail a career change or at least a significant career shift.  DH and I are both lawyers, and unless he changes jobs to one with more predictability, having me at home or at least having set (and limited) hours will probably be best for our family.  I actually gave up firm life for a long-term contract position doing securities research even before DS was born, so I probably would have moved on to something different no matter what.  DH is still on board with firm life for now.  We'll see how things go when he's up for partner.

    My problem is that all of the alternative career ideas I have tend to involve getting another degree.  I had this grand plan of volunteering at a couple of different places to get a feel for what I really wanted to do, but we dragged our feet on setting up some kind of child care so I could do the volunteering.  I'm planning to do some more serious thinking/planning on this front over the next couple of months.

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  • I'm really struggling with this question.  DS is 2 and we'd like to have more kids, but I'm not sure it's going to happen.  I was a lawyer before I quit, but I really don't want to go back to practicing.  I'm starting to think another degree might be the only way to switch careers.
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    m/c July 2007
    Patrick born August 2008
    TTC #2 since March 2009
    m/c April 2009
    Ectopic September 2009
    m/c December 2009
    m/c January 2010
    m/c March 2010
    m/c May 2010
    m/c August 2010
    diagnosed with thyroid disease, clotting disorder
    BFP 3rd iui April 2011
    m/c April 2011
    Started ivf June 2011, ER 8/19, 9 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 embryos transfered 8/22
    BFP 8/28
  • For the lawyers have you thought about working at a non profit or association as counsel?  The hours are generally 9-5 although I would say our general counsel works more than that (he has a few other roles on his plate), the Assistant General Counsel does not.  

    I know a lot of lawyers who don't practice and have successfully transitioned to other areas without additional degrees.  I think there are a lot more opportunities out there than you realize.  

  • I plan to SAH as long as possible, maybe go part time when DS starts pre-school.  Ideally I would try to pop out #2 soon, so I would go back to work to stop again (plus I am getting old). 

      I am toying with the idea of changing careers.  I just can't seem to find my niche.  I wish I could go back to my early 20's and have a re-do career wise.  I probably would have ended up in nursing.  Now the thought of going back to school is quite daunting. 

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  • image Hey Jellisy:

    For the lawyers have you thought about working at a non profit or association as counsel?  The hours are generally 9-5 although I would say our general counsel works more than that (he has a few other roles on his plate), the Assistant General Counsel does not.  

    I know a lot of lawyers who don't practice and have successfully transitioned to other areas without additional degrees.  I think there are a lot more opportunities out there than you realize.  

    I tried a couple of times to get out of practicing.  I don't think it's easy.  A lot depends on your background.  My experience doesn't transfer to other fields.  

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    m/c July 2007
    Patrick born August 2008
    TTC #2 since March 2009
    m/c April 2009
    Ectopic September 2009
    m/c December 2009
    m/c January 2010
    m/c March 2010
    m/c May 2010
    m/c August 2010
    diagnosed with thyroid disease, clotting disorder
    BFP 3rd iui April 2011
    m/c April 2011
    Started ivf June 2011, ER 8/19, 9 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 embryos transfered 8/22
    BFP 8/28
  • I'm a former attorney and I left the practice after one year at a law firm to pursue a career in communications. I worked for a major professional services firm for 6 years before becoming a SAHM earlier this year. The transition from one profession to the next was pretty smooth. I might go back to work next year after baby #2 is born, but I am playing it by ear.
  • Not chiming in about the SAH part but for the lawyers- I work for a publishing company that employs a lot of non-practicing attorneys and the hours are very set (part time is 18 hours and full-time is 37.5 hours). If anyone wants info- send me a PM.

     

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  • NEVER!!!!!! :) I've always wanted to be a SAHM since I was a little girl, and when I was able to quit my job 18 months ago it was the best day of my life! I hated being in front of a computer 8 hours/day and all that went along with the corporate world, and plus, I was sooo sad to miss my kids' day every day!
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