Throughout elementary school I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. In high school I planned out my education so I could become one. I was a teacher's assistant in two different classrooms and loved it! I knew there was a huge decline in teaching jobs but I figured I could move away to teach. In university I worked as an educational assistant. Teaching jobs were still difficult to come by but I heard about teaching in the north. I figured that if that's where I needed to go to teach then that's where I would go.
Fast forward and I've not only moved to a different province to teach but I've also moved to a different country. I still enjoy teaching but the job I fell in love with all those years ago has changed so much. Teaching is no longer about the kids in my opinion. I feel like it's about pleasing parents and administration. I took a year off to do IVF and figure things out and I highly doubt I will return to teaching. A tiny part of my still wants to, to be honest I still look at job postings, but I can't pull my (future) child away from my family and from civilization just so I can have a career that I kind of still enjoy.
After finding out the wait list for IVF funding was twelve to eighteen months I decided to finish my training as a postpartum doula, to complete additional training as a breastfeeding counselor, and to try to get my business off the ground before IVF. Then I got the shocking news that IVF would be this summer. That's when I realized that this was not going to work. There was no way I could afford to be self employed while trying to raise a child. I knew I didn't want to move away. I had been also upgrading my teaching in order to find a job closer to home but in reality I would be able to find a job in a city but not where my friends and family live. I also realized that I need to stop being selfish and make sure my child has a good future. Originally I had been trying to find a job that would allow me to home school but I now have decided that I will try to make it work with where ever I'm employed but if I have to send him/her to public school it's not the end of the world.
So that brings me to why I'm writing this post. Just over two weeks ago I came across a potential career. It would allow me to have a good income, regular hours, work locally, and I think I would enjoy it. It does require me to complete more school if I want to earn the most I can but I'm hoping that I can start the diploma (it's all online) and then start applying for employment. Even if I won't make as much to begin with as least it would be a start. My mom told me to think about it for two weeks since I tend to jump into things :P. So the two weeks is up, I'm registering for the first course tonight, and I already ordered the textbook. I have a total of seven years (yep years!) to complete the twelve required courses. The overall cost would be the same as if I finished my upgrading I was doing. Right now I putting that on hold so I can pursue this and see what happens. I have another four and a half years to finish that and I only have four more courses so I can always go back to it if I decide to. I'm hoping I made the right decision and that I will end up in this field, loving it, and being able to have the life I want to have. I really want to have a good income so I can take vacations, enjoy motherhood, and not stress about money every month. That's not the life I want my child to have and if it means giving up my career to give them family and a normal city life then that's what I need to do.
Have you ever changed careers? Were you happy with your decision?
Here is the YouTube video where I talk more about changing careers.
I am 30, single, vegan, and been on my journey to becoming a single mother since 2013. I have struggled with infertility and I am now on the path to international adoption of a little girl with Down syndrome. Come join me on my journey to becoming a mother!