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I have recently been laid off and am trying to focus on getting a new job. Has anyone here changed careers after being laid off, or after becoming a mom? I am thinking this is my chance, and I dont want to blow it by taking another ho-hum job. Share your story for inspiration please!”

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  • I got laid off after becoming a mom. It was hard in the beginning but i started my own company Bagstil Inc.
    It was a great decision, i just needed a reason to do it and this was my chance. Wish you good luck with your decision.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Cindy Gellersen Designer of Bagstil Handbags on 16th June 2010

  • Hello! I work for Cultural Care Au Pair. We are currently looking for part time Customer Service & Sales Coordinators. In this role we are looking for individuals interested in promoting cultural exchange and flexible, affordable childcare in many areas through out the Untied States.

    Would you enjoy working with families to help them find creative and flexible childcare solutions and are you looking for flexible work hours from home? You must be self-motivated, sales-driven and professional. Sales and marketing experience and being connected in your community is a plus. You enjoy working with families and young adults, and are you looking for flexible work hours from home. All selected candidates will be invited to participate in an extensive training program.

    Responsibilities include:

    •Providing support to both families and au
    •Planning monthly get-togethers for the au pairs in your area
    •Sales, marketing and business development
    •Screening qualified host families
    The successful candidate must:

    •Enjoy working with people - face to face and online
    •Be computer and internet savvy; engaged in blogging and social media
    •Be able to network in their community to generate new opportunities and spread the word about our program
    •Be able to mediate difficult situations and possess conflict-resolution skills
    •Have excellent communication skills and be interested in promoting cultural exchange
    •Must like to travel - although travel is limited, much of the our incentives are provided in the form of national and international trips
    Perfect for stay-at-home parents or part time employees who are well connected in their community. Must be self-motivated, have a passion for cultural exchange, sales-driven and professional. Opportunities for career growth available. Please email for more information or apply by clicking here!

    Please visit for more information about our program and the coordinator position. There are great links to provide more clarity on the program as well as Cultural Care including our blog, TheBuzz, and a great video series (on going) called Au Pair Answer Mom.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Jennifer Guarracino on 5th April 2010

  • I had often thought that I wouldn't mind getting laid off because we have a good severance package (and I would have 8 months paid vacation!), and it would force me to find something different. I have always wanted to work with kids, but couldn't afford a pay cut. I still have my job, but last year I decided to get started in business for myself, so that I COULD have the flexible schedule and eventually get rid of my job altogether, so that I would have time to do what I really love, and that is working with kids. In fact, this summer I am going on a short-term missions trip. I can't wait! My real dream is to work in an orphanage, and my business will allow me to do that because I make residual income as well. I'd say in about another year, I will be able to quit my job. So, I would say to you... if you have always wanted to do something, go for it! However, you still have bills to pay, so you may not have the luxury of holding out for your dream job.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by LaurieLee on 3rd April 2010

  • I changed careers around the time I adopted my kids. My old job paid very well but it was not compatible with being a single mom. I had various opportunities, so I chose the one that would give me the most flexibility in terms of where and when I would accomplish my work. The new career was about as technical as the old one and I had to get up to speed fast. Between that and getting to know my kids and figuring out how to parent them effectively at 41, I was exhausted and stressed out a lot. Getting chid care figured out was a huge turning point. Overall, there's a learning curve but it does get more manageable over time. If you're a person who embraces learning opportunities, there's not much difference between a new career, new job, or new way of doing the old job. It's just a matter of degree. And on the positive side, you can lose a lot of baggage in the transition.

    I've always been glad I made the switch. There are lots of things that are hard about my job, but there isn't another job/career that would make me happier, that I can think of.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by SKL on 1st April 2010

  • I changed careers after becoming a mom. I used to be in Marketing for an accounting firm and worked way too many hours for raising a child - especially when my husband worked just as many, if not more, hours. I stepped down to become an executive assistant and it was the best move I ever made. I work my 40 hours and go home. Granted, it totally depends on the type of executive you work for in this new field, but it has worked out to my benefit. Sometimes I do miss the salary and prestige of my old career, but when I am able to leave work early to go to my son's soccer and t-ball games, or work from home when he is sick, I'm reminded that it was the best choice for our family.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Stacey on 30th March 2010