Busy mum’s work dilemma
AmI employable? I am motivated, enthusiastic, friendly and busy. I engage well with others, and have experience in ‘‘staff’’ management, finance, food preparation, home maintenance and have excellent organisational skills. I work well under pressure and have a proven record of keeping my head in an emergency. I don’t flinch at the sight of blood nor other unmentionable fluids. I’m an experienced multitasker; frequently to be found undergoing several duties – usually onehanded – while planning tomorrow’s schedule and debating the merits of punctuality or explaining long division. I ama mother. I have also never had a regular paying job. My youngest starts school soon and I find myself thinking that the time has come to get a part-time job. Lately it’s harder than ever
Where do we start? For women
like me with no real qualifications, I ask you; how do we get the skills to compete with job experience? It’s not abilities we’re lacking, it’s work history.
for a family to survive on a single income. However, this is a daunting situation. Where do we start? For women like me with no real qualifications, I ask you; how do we get the skills to compete with job experience? It’s not abilities we’re lacking, it’s work history. How do we get a foot in the employment door? I have pondered the ways of it often and think maybe one answer is volunteering in the workforce. An employer would receive labour for free in exchange for the volunteer gaining experience. After a small of variety workplaces – abracadabra, maybe enough experience earned to achieve part-time employment.
Suzie Sykes, skilled but work inexperienced mother of three.