I'm 25 and 34 weeks pregnant with my second and my oldest is 4. Since I was 17 I've worked in the restaurant business; it's really the only thing I know. I grew up in it too--my parents owned a restaurant. As much as I used to love it, it's gotten really old really quickly. I left my position as an area manager responsible for 9 restaurants in the beginning of the pregnancy to go to a very small company (only three restaurants) and essentially be a shift leader, so I would have less stress. It has been less stressful in a lot of ways. I'm not working 70-80 hrs a week anymore, just 45 now. I took a $30k a year pay cut, plus bonuses, to go to this company. I see my family more. I am able to supplement my daughter's schooling by homeschooling about 10 hours a week. I have a better job but I've come to terms with the fact that I absolutely hate the restuarant business. I've tried different positions, different companies, different types of dining and no matter what I'm not happy. I hate everything about it and dread going to work. I feel like I shouldn't have to give myself a pep talk to not just quit, or walk out, or not show up. I shouldn't count down until the shift is over every single day. I just want to be happy.
I will be going to school this spring to be a teacher. That's what I really want to do. Here's my question--I know I want to change careers. I don't care if I just get a job in the school system working in an office. I need to get out of this business and into something I feel would be more of what I want and could make me happy. Would you change jobs now, at 34 weeks pregnant, or stick it out for another week and then change when your maternity leave is up?
on Jul. 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM