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Money, Job Satisfaction etc??


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#1 Miss 50s

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:28 AM

I woke up in the wee hours of this morning and couldn't get back to sleep so started thinking about everything as you do and going back to work in the New Year came into my head. I was only working 2 days a week prior to going on Mat Leave and clearing after tax around $1300 so around $300 a week for the 2 days. Daycare would cost me for the 2 kids $150 a day so $300 for the 2 days and we would get the 50% back (not eligible for the other payment). So I'd come out with $150 a week working 2 days 8.30-4.30.

Now I know that's crap money but it is something. It could buy the groceries (minus nappies Tounge1.gif) though and every little bit helps. My DP works away for 2 weeks at a time and is back for a week so juggling the 2 kids and work and everything by myself would be tough but loads of women do it. The main thing is though that I love my job. It's working admin in a school - just basic stuff but I love the school environment and the kids plus I get 10 weeks hols a year so that $300 a week is spread over those weeks too.

So WDYT? Even though the money is not there would you go back? I'm thinking more of keeping a foot in the door for when the kids are older. It's the school they will be going too as well so that would be ideal.

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#2 2bundles

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:35 AM

For me it was adult company, job satisfaction, and the thought of financially contributing.  

Can you ask for one more year off without pay as a compromise?  2 days a week is a great balance.  I assume you can also do fairly short days if you are working in a school?

#3 Miss 50s

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:37 AM

I don't really want another year off so if I was going back I'd go back next year. The hours are 8.30-4.30 - same as a regular office except I get the holidays off which is a great perk!

#4 Julie3Girls

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:42 AM

You have a job in a school, with school holidays off. KEEP IT!!!!!!

Childcare is only for a few years. Might seem like a lot now, but it's amazing how quickly the time goes and suddenly you have kids at school and you are having to worry about vacation care etc.  Working in a school, would there even be the option of spreading your hours over more days, but shorter days (once the kids are at school)?

Oh, and it's not just $300 a week - it's also money going into your superannuation.  2 days a week, you might still qualify for some FTB as well.

#5 lozoodle

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:47 AM

If you enjoy it, its worth it. No matter what the $ amount. It all helps and if you like your job its a good idea to hang onto it as your kids wont be small forever original.gif

#6 BetteBoop

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:48 AM

QUOTE (Miss 50s @ 14/03/2012, 09:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Now I know that's crap money but it is something. It could buy the groceries (minus nappies Tounge1.gif) though and every little bit helps. The main thing is though that I love my job. It's working admin in a school - just basic stuff but I love the school environment and the kids plus I get 10 weeks hols a year so that $300 a week is spread over those weeks too.

So WDYT? Even though the money is not there would you go back? I'm thinking more of keeping a foot in the door for when the kids are older. It's the school they will be going too as well so that would be ideal.

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I would keep the job, for all the reasons you listed.

Finding a decent job 2 days a week is very, very difficult. If you have one, hold onto it!

#7 PurpleChicken

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:49 AM

Money was a major factor for us, but also I didn't want to be a SAHM.  I was an emotional wreck and struggled to keep DD entertained during the day so going back to work was a bit of a sanity saver for me.

Mind you, I had to go back FT, which wasn't what I really wanted, but it has worked out well.

If I were you, I'd take the 2 days a week.  Keep your foot in the door, get some personal time (even if it is at work) and the kids are kept entertained all day while at DC.  Also, the 10 weeks holidays a year would be worth keeping!

ETA:  I totally agree with PP that finding a great 2 day/week job that you love is damn near impossible.  I tried to find a PT job for months with no luck.

Edited by PurpleChicken, 14 March 2012 - 09:51 AM.


#8 Rumply

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:52 AM

I think you are in a good position, as a PP said, working in a school, part time hours... KEEP IT!!  Especially if you love it.

Financially it might not make you rich, but it covers the cost of child care, with a little extra pocket money... which you wouldn't have otherwise. And it will put you in a good position for when you children do start school.

My DS LOVES day care... he has developed really well there, so I wouldn't dream of taking him out.

#9 EmmaBlue

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:55 AM

I agre with the PPs - Childcare isn't forever, you love your job, you get great holidays.... gives you more options for later too!

At the very least give it a try and see how you go! GOOD LUCK!!!!

#10 White-Lily

Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:06 AM

In your situation I would go back. Loving what you do is VERY important! Your kids are only small for a short time and working part time in a school sounds ideal for when the kids are actually at school. Also think of your super, when you work it gets contribution made, when you don't work it just sits there.

For me, returning to work first time round was for the money. Second time round it will be so I can get access to my Long Service Leave  ph34r.gif  how long I stay after that we will find out next year.

#11 Freddie'sMum

Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:07 AM

Why did *I* go to back to work ??

For my sanity.

Yes the money helps - more so now we have have moved and got a bigger mortgage - but when the girls were little - *I* needed a break from them.

It sounds like you really enjoy your job - I would stay with it original.gif



#12 Toodee

Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:43 AM

This is pretty much my exact situation, except I work in a corporate office so only get a standard 4 weeks of leave. I went back to work for my own sanity as I suck at being a full time SAHM.

Finding an admin job where I could have all school holidays off would be awesome for me next year when my oldest starts school.

#13 cinnabubble

Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:51 AM

I went back to work because I am the primary income earner and don't have the luxury of choice.

#14 heidi's mum

Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:52 AM

I would keep the job, as other posted have said it is very hard to find a 2 day per week job. For me it was about my sanity and having something stimulating to do, along with adult conversation.

On another note - keep in mind that although you get the school holidays, most daycare centres are open and you would have to continue to pay childcare whether you attended or not over most of that holiday period (only xmas and easter prob excluded). Just something to keep in mind.

#15 Miss 50s

Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:58 AM

QUOTE (heidi's mum @ 14/03/2012, 10:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would keep the job, as other posted have said it is very hard to find a 2 day per week job. For me it was about my sanity and having something stimulating to do, along with adult conversation.

On another note - keep in mind that although you get the school holidays, most daycare centres are open and you would have to continue to pay childcare whether you attended or not over most of that holiday period (only xmas and easter prob excluded). Just something to keep in mind.


Yep I was doing that before when I just had DS. I kept him in most of the time since he took so long to settle in at the start I didn't want to drag him out during hols and then put him back in after.

#16 Holidayromp

Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:36 AM

To be quite honest there was nothing worthwhile for me to return to work.  In fact it cost more for me to work than me just staying at home.  At the end of a fortnight there was only a measily $20.00 leftover - so how is that better off - I don't know?  We went backwards when I went back to work - in essence I was paying just to work and along with the stress and lack of money it just wasn't worth it.
Also if we wanted to go away (which was rare due to lack of money) we still had to pay for cc and that really hurt.

#17 **Xena**

Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:39 AM

For me I wanted a bit of extra money, to get my foot back in the workforce and because as much as I like being a SAHM I was starting to go a bit stir crazy. I now work 5 hours a week over 2 days for about $110 a week and I am happy. Luckily I also work when DH is home to look after the kids so I don't even have to worry about childcare.

#18 lamarque

Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:48 AM

Totally agree about keeping your foot in the door and if it can pay for your groceries, that's great.  I wouldn't worry about the small wage and you might get a decent tax return too.  

I work two days a week and it's a perfect arrangement.


#19 tans999

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:12 PM

There's also superannuation and maintenance of employment skills.

For me, it was mostly because I enjoy my job. I like PP's response of new clothes/shoes though!

#20 catnat

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:27 PM

For me it was initially money. We had For Sale signs on the front of our house as we just couldn't afford to stay. When I received that phone call offering me a job (H was only 3 months old) that $400'ish a fortnight extra that I'd be ahead by working part-time was totally worth it.

What came with it though was sanity. I was going out of my tree with 3 children under 2 and the baby had terrible reflux. I found I really enjoyed the change of scenery and the challenges work provided. I was however very lucky that I was able to work half days so that I could still breastfeed and DH was able to re-arrange his shifts and H was only in FDC for 1/2 a day.

In your position I'd probably do it. 2 days a week isn't a lot.

#21 Aribika

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:39 PM

I agree with the majority of pps.  Two days a week with school friendly hours is a dream come true for me !

Lorraine

#22 Madeline's Mum

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:44 PM

The challenge, adult stimulation, career advancements, 6 figure income that allows us to buy a house in a great catchment, financial stability for my son and sanity.

#23 BornToLove

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:48 PM

It's simple - I am not SAHM material. I feel I'm a better mother and partner when I'm working. Being able to take vacations and maintaining a decent savings account are bonuses.

#24 Guest_Craptacular_*

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:52 PM

So that I can afford a cleaner.

#25 ms flib

Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:55 PM

I found going back to work really hard the last time. I had a child at school, a preschooler at kindy and a baby in cc. I did get a return to work bonus that kept me there that first year. I nearly quit my job but now my youngest is a school, I am loving it. I have increased my hours from 2 days to 3.5. I have taken on extra responsibilities and I'm being paid more. I'm so glad I struggled through!





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