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Stay at home mum.. Am I still employable

Discussion in 'Personal' started by spiderplant1, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. spiderplant1

    spiderplant1 New commenter

    Hi I'm in the lucky position to have resigned from my job as a reception teacher to stay at home with my little boy who is now 13m, I've taught for three years now - not including the year of maternity leave whilst still technically employed. My question is will anyone want me again?! Knowing how quickly things change in this job I'm worried I won't be very employable after a 5 year ish (I'm guessing?!) break! Has anyone else been in this position?
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh, honestly yes you will.

    Though I sympathize with those feelings. After the birth of my second child I honestly felt 'my life', that is my own ambitions and desires were dead and would never see the light again. Motherhood does change one's priorities, but yes this experience watching a small child develop at close quarters will help make you an even better teacher in the future.

    Just enjoy that little one- you'll never get these days back, but in the future your career can be restarted.
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  3. Calpurnia99

    Calpurnia99 Star commenter

    My youngest is 33 so I daresay things will have changed, but I gave up work when the children arrived with no intention of returning until they were at school. However I ended up doing supply when the eldest was four just because my neighbour asked me if I would (she taught there). I was glad I did because although the job itself was hellish, I felt it kept me in touch with teaching, and of course fitted in splendidly if the kids were ill etc.
    I had no difficulty at all getting a teaching job when I was (finally) ready to return.
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  4. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    My daughter had a few years off and had no trouble getting back into teaching.
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  5. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I had a few years away from school when my children were small. I did some tutoring and the odd bit of supply at the local school.

    I was a class teacher before children, went back part time and then had a very varied career as a specialist teacher, advisory teacher and eventually AHT.

    There were return to teaching courses. Don't know whether they still exist.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  6. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    Yes. Volunteer at a local school. Gives me a little look in. Gives you an eye for the lie of the land. Keep hold of some referees for when you do actually apply.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  7. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Yes you have had time off - great that you want to contribute to the workforce again . Good Luck
    ( Some women wear the 'stay at home Mum' thing like a badge of honour - not you I hasten to add - really annoying ! )
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  8. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I'm sure you'll have no problem. I had 4 years off but did the odd day on supply and taught evening classes. I got a phone call one day from my old school, offering me a part-time job and I jumped at it. I had to juggle child minders etc for a term before the youngest went to school, but you manage.

    Enjoy your little one.
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  9. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Retention is appalling now.

    You'll have no trouble getting a job!
  10. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    The one thing I would recommend is that you 'try to stay in touch' with education, if you're worried about not being up to date with the latest initiative on your return.
    Taking a subscription to TES, following Education matters in your area, researching for yourself helped me. I even became a parent governor which was really useful to see school from a different perspective.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  11. spiderplant1

    spiderplant1 New commenter

    Thanks everyone this has made me feel so much better, it seems so rare for people not to return to work these days that it got me worried I would never be taken back,!!
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  12. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    You teach in the UK, right?

    That's like asking if you'll be welcome back in prison because you've been out so long. I"m sure there'll be plenty of opportunity as soon as you've decided to stop enjoying life.
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  13. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I've fathered three and worked throughout.
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  14. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Very funny ;)
  15. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    I agree with everything said! As a head teacher I would (almost) always employ someone with life experience! Go for it!
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.

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