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Trying to figure out my next chapter... Any help is appreciated.

Posted by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:29 AM
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So I'm feeling a little lost. I have spent the last 13 years dating and  married to the most amazing man and my best friend. For the first 10 he was in the Coast Guard and I spent my time being a wife and a mother to our two kiddos(now 9 and5). Well now he is out of the USCG and I'm feeling like I need to start working on me. He has a good job that he and he is slowly climbing the ladder to go from just a job to a career. He is also getting his degree in business managment. Both of our kids are now old enough that they are in school full days. They are thriving and doing well. I on the other hand am feeling like I need to find my next step. Right now I am working part time in a casino snack bar which is not my idea of a dream job but it does bring in some money to help with the house and It allows me to spend the majority of my time with the kids. As far as a career though there is just no opportunity for one where I am working now. I have recently decided I would like to do some kind of educational program that would allow me to start a new job or career in a decent amount of time. I regret that I didn't go to school while DH was in the USCG and I spent so much of my time at home. I'm going next week to check out the cosmetology program in our area. I may also look into the CNA program. I'm just looking for suggestions on the what programs allow you to have a good job/career and the freedom to send time with your Family.

by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 11:29 AM
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by Cecilia on Feb. 4, 2015 at 12:44 PM

I'm a licensed Cosmetologist and worked in that field for 13 years as a stylist/manager. I left a month before my son was born.

The pros of being a licensed Cosmetologist is you will always be able to find work, but what you need to consider is that nights and weekends is where you will make your money, which is not really a family friendly schedule. You may think that it could be a flexible schedule, but that flexible schedule is usually for the benefit of the employer.

If I were to ever go back into the business it would be if I opened my own salon and it would be a children's salon.

by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 2:24 PM

I have no suggestions sorry. But good luck with whatever you choose to do =) ...oh I know a few ladies who run a day care out of their home. That way they are always still home for their family.

by Bronze Member on Feb. 4, 2015 at 2:25 PM

I was a CNA. It depends on where you work but sometimes you can do three 12 hour shifts instead of 5 8 hour shifts. Long hours but it gives you 4 days with your kids. I won't lie though, it's not an easy job. 

by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Well... it sounds like you have some good options in cosmetology and the CNA program. They are very different options, though, so you have to decide where your heart is and then go for it! My youngest just started school full time this year too (I have a 10 year old boy and a 6 year old girl), so I understand the feeling of needing to do something "more." I do freelance work and work part-time at the gym (that mostly just gets me a free membership). I'm using my new-found "free" time to finally get my office organized, clear some clutter out of the house, etc. Once that is done, I'll be looking for my next chapter, too.

Good luck!! :)

by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 3:26 PM

No advice but good luck <3 

by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 3:33 PM

Those are good options that you're looking into.  What about a radiology/ultrasound technician?

by Gold Member on Feb. 4, 2015 at 3:55 PM
I wish you luck on your new adventure
by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 4:49 PM

If you think you might like working in the Operating Room, you can complete a one-year certification program to be a Surgical Technologist. It's not for everyone, though. You kind of have to not be grossed out easily. ;-) 

by on Feb. 4, 2015 at 5:58 PM
Good luck with whatever you decide to do. :)
by Bronze Member on Feb. 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM

I think it really depends on what sort of interests you have and what sort of career field you think may be a good fit for you. 

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