Wednesday, 19 November 2014

End of maternity leave...what to do next

In February my maternity pay will stop as I will have been on maternity leave for 9 months. I originally planned to have a year off as Joey was my first baby and I had no idea what to expect.

I'm now finding myself in a bit of a pickle and for the first time in my adult life I don't really have a plan. As you may have read in one of my posts, I was working for Phones4U who in September went into administration and was subsequently made redundant like everyone else. So I don't actually have a job to go back to, I have to start from scratch again when I had already given so much in order to get that job back in August 2013.

I do and I don't want to go back to work. I want to go back to work to earn money but then I don't want to leave Joey. I suppose I should be grateful that I have a husband who works full - time and we have a property we rent out aswell. Going back full time wouldn't be an option, for starters I don't want to be a non-existant mum. When he's a bit older and in nursery then yes full time would be great but I don't want to be putting him in nursery yet and I literally only have the one family member who would look after him but they couldn't do it for anymore than a day or too. Also having to pay for childcare while I went to work part time wouldn't really work either.

There is possibly an option of going on some form of benefit which I'm a bit reluctant to do but it would only be a short term thing. I've worked since leaving school at 18, I've got a degree so it shouldn't be impossible to get a job but it may take me a while to find a job that I want to stay in to progress my career. I don't know if I want to stay in retail which I've been doing for 4 years or try and do something with my events management degree.

Either way I just want to do the best for my little boy and be able to provide for him.  If any of you have been stuck in a rut like me, what did you decide to do? Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks for reading :)

Lolly x 

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