Busy mum’s work dilemma

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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.

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