Lost of identity

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Registered: 09-14-2007
Lost of identity
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Sat, 09-15-2007 - 10:37am

I'm a SAHM for 8 yrs now.

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Sat, 09-15-2007 - 10:49am

I've been home for 11 years now. I made crappy pay when I left(childcare) and if I return to the same area I'll make crappy pay. I can't really imagine doing anything else though,

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Registered: 11-03-2006
Sat, 09-15-2007 - 11:26am
When you go back, be prepared to more than start over.
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Registered: 07-26-2007
Sat, 09-15-2007 - 11:36am

I think that's just a bunch of bunk. The average US worker changes careers completely 3 different times in a lifetime, which means 3 entry levels, only one of which will occur while the workers is "fresh out of school". Will *some* narrow-minded, short-sighted employers be unable to navigate the common occurance of non-college-aged entry level employees? sure, but fortunately, they don't make up the majority of businesspeople.

Will it be a cakewalk for Katy? No, probably not. but it's not the dire straits you're painting it, either.

The last time I was an entry level employee, I was 38. I had no harder time proving myself than any other entry level employee hired at the same time I was and my immediate supervisors (both of them closer in age to my son at the time than to me) had no difficulty grasping the idea that at 38 I was starting over in a brand new career. Other people I'v known who have either changed careers or returned to work after a period of SAH/WAH have not had to work "much harder" than their younger peers. As I said, I'm sure there are those who hold the same biases and prejudices you constantly express regarding SAHMs who return to the work force, but they do not make up the majority of management. Thank God.

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Kitty

"BTW, I hate Lifetime. Their movies will suck you in and all of a sudden you've watched 3 in a row, used every tissue in t

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 09-15-2007 - 12:39pm
That's garbage!

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Registered: 11-03-2006
Sat, 09-15-2007 - 12:44pm

Yes, but when you CHANGE careers, you do so with up to date skills and a proven track record.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 09-15-2007 - 12:50pm

I was out of the workforce for 8 years while I sah.

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Sat, 09-15-2007 - 1:04pm
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Registered: 07-26-2007
Sat, 09-15-2007 - 2:47pm
Bull. I was no more qualified for my new career than the SAHM who was hired the same day I was. You are just making stuff up now in a desparate attempt to bolster your clearly flawed argument., It's sad.

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Kitty

"BTW, I hate Lifetime. Their movies will suck you in and all of a sudden you've watched 3 in a row, used every tissue in t

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 09-15-2007 - 7:01pm

I was a SAHM for 16 years straight.

Follow your dream. What do you *want* to do? Figure out a plan to get there. IMO, this is better than worrying about making big bucks. I'd rather love my job and make mediocre pay than be miserable and make big bucks.

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Sat, 09-15-2007 - 7:04pm
. "I'd rather love my job and make mediocre pay than be miserable and make big bucks"

Now THAT's a woman after my own heart -- I may be poor but damn I'm having fun at my job! LOL

 

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