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starting over

i m a 55 year old woman. my husband passed away recently. i stayed home raised three kids. i dont have any marketable skills. we lived like most people paycheck to paycheck. how do i now re-enter into the work place. i know i need to go back to school to get skills but i dont know what i want to do. any advice id appreciate it

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Asked by stressedoutgran at 3:01 AM on Mar. 23, 2010 in

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  • I've been a nurses aide for many years, and i find that there are many older women whom get into that after there children are almost grown etc... I've had many co workers that didn't have any skills when they started out, however because they sat at home with there children and took care of them and were very nurturing individuals they worked out well as a nurses aide and yes i even know one woman whom was my instructor who didn't become a Registered nurse until age 55. If not a nurses aid maybe a home companion, just look for adds in the paper for someone to sit with etc... Oh yeah and you've ran a household for years don't ever think that you don't have any skills, you can cook, maybe not in a high class resturant unless your betty crocker in the kitchen, you can clean, there are always housekeeping jobs, you can balance check books and pay bills on time, Sometimes bank teller positions start out just that way

    Answer by Bluesdawg02 at 3:13 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

  • you are also a great organizer, you've prioritized and scheduled your life and your childrens lives for years. Don't sell yourself short. There are many day to day activities that you can turn into a college degree also, balancing check books, book keeping, or accounting, nurturing, nurse, social worker, even a teacher. A LPN only takes about 18 months if you go straight through. Cooking your passion, go for cooking. Business management an associates takes about 2 years, and then you can be your own boss and with the government grants that are out there you can do almost anything, or just become management at another company. Okay i hope this helped. Good luck and remember never sell yourself short you weren't and never will be just a mom with no skills

    Answer by Bluesdawg02 at 3:18 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

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