I want a job change

I am a mum of three boys aged five and under. In September my two year old starts nursery part time. I’m currently working at Sainsburys at the weekends [have been doing it for nine years], but I hate it. I recently asked if I could move my hours to week days possibly to match up with school hours, but was told they didn’t have the hours available during the week which is fair enough. So I am wondering what other jobs I could do (not retail preferably). I never knew what I wanted to do growing up so I dabbled with college courses. I completed level 2 hairdressing and a make-up course. I also took a catering course. While on summer holiday from college one year I helped a relative with her tree services business which I really enjoyed. Do you have any ideas for a busy mum of three who is in deep need of a job change?

It’s a challenge working and bringing up children, as you know. However, this doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck in the same job. I am sure you can find something more interesting. As you say you have been doing this role for nine years, it’s time for a change.

A good starting point is to list what are your priorities in terms of what you want. What hours do you want to work? What sort of work do you want to do? You said no more retail, but have you thought of merchandising roles? You mention you enjoyed doing physical work rather than just sitting. Have you though of garden centres? What other sort of work can you think of that would involve this type of activity? List all the skills you have to offer a potential employer, not forgetting all your skills and resources as a mum of three you use on a daily basis.  Who can help and support you? Who can you talk to about finding a new job? For further support and ideas of the many jobs around, training, building your CV and lots more go to https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.

Once you have a clearer idea of what you want you can then make a plan on how to achieve it. You don’t have to wait for it to come to you as you will feel motivated and focused to make it happen. Good luck and let me know how you get on. 

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