I am still currently employed, but found out that my job will be coming to a close at the end of the year. I appreciate the advance notice, but I just can't ignore this feeling like a huge rock in my stomach every day.
My current job is part-time and from home and is honestly, almost perfect. Unfortunately, my company is facing some serious competition near where we are headquartered, so they have realigned the entire marketing budget/efforts and will be cutting 4 positions, including mine. They employ several people who do what I do, but in different markets across the US. The good thing and bad thing about my company ... they are small enough to make quick decisions.
And as many of you know, our state unemployment rates seem to do nothing but climb.
I also work in marketing and if any of you are searching in that particular category, you know what kind of jobs you typically find.
*SPORTS MARKETING!!! GREAT PAY!!! FLEXIBLE HOURS!!!*
Um, no. I'd rather not get dropped off in a neighborhood and hawk magazine subscriptions for a living.
*WORK FROM HOME. MAKE $$$$*
Um, no again. I don't want to pay you equal monthly installments of $129.99 to give me a "job."
*AVON SALES REPRESENTATIVE*
Not that I have anything against Avon, but how did this end up in the marketing category?
So, here I am. Trying to be positive and continue to do a good job for my company for the rest of the year.
I'm faced with ... trying to decide if I'm really ready to go back to the days (if I can find a job) of 40+ hours a week, nice pointy-toed shoes, office coffee and office politics, and hopefully a rewarding job in marketing/pr. After all, my resume now looks more than spotty after 4 layoffs in the last 10 years. Plus, it means that I have to leave two pint-sized "bosses" with someone else for 8+ hours a day. I also have to factor in paying for care for those two pint-sized bosses.
Or, could lightning really strike twice and I could find something that would be part-time, flexible, and give me time with the girls, but also time to turn on my brain in only a way that gainful employment does? I just don't know if it's possible.
Or, could I really be a full-time SAHM? Would I really be good at this? Do I have the sanity to do this? Can we afford this? Then if I wanted to go back to work when the girls are in school, and after 4 years of staying at home, would anyone really hire me?
I know that I have a while to think about this, but if I were to go back to work full-time, we would have to line up childcare. Currently, I use a sitter service when I need it, but it would be way too cost prohibitive to use 40+ hours a week. The childcare situation here, like so many other areas is highly competitive and we are still on waiting lists from when I was pregnant and still haven't received calls that our spots are open. I really don't think I want to be back in the full-time arena yet and I also think that I'm not 100% suited for a full-time SAHM position either.
Clearly why my current job is perfect for me and I don't want it to change. Can I just cross my arms and pout and someone will make it stay the same?