Job Title Before Kids?

Shannintipton - posted on 05/27/2011 ( 86 moms have responded )

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What did you do for a living before you had kids. Or what do you do if you are not a stay at home mom? Thank you for your answers.

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Gina - posted on 06/02/2011

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I worked in a call center doing research, yes I was one of the annoying people who called during your supper hour to ask survey questions (I hated it but it payed the bills). I was / am a SAHM until my daughter was in her second year of school. I work as a Casual Teacher's Assistant (aka a sub) in our school system. If I get called in for grades K to 2, I'm out the same time as my daughter. But if I work from grade 3 to 12, my husband picks her up and I'm home about an hour to an hour and a half later. I love this job and as they say if you love what you are doing it's a career. If you are doing it for the money then it's just a job.

Sherry - posted on 06/01/2011

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I was a "Neo-natal foster Mom" to kittens, which means I took care of kittens that lost their Mothers and needed to be bottle-fed, since they were too young to eat on their own.

Julie - posted on 06/01/2011

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laborer - cook - nurses' aide.. and loved it - I learned so many skills for being a full time, single mom (widowed young)
My most important title - 'MOM' :o)

Lyndsay - posted on 06/01/2011

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I was and still am a microbiologist at a major consumer products company. I work mostly on antibacterial soaps and on toothpaste and mouthwash.

Veronica - posted on 05/31/2011

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I have spent the last 12 yrs working in the lower end of health care as a a direct support professional or personal care aid depending on what company I worked fortaking care of any needs from physical to mental disabilities or both. Its hard work and very rewarding and I love my job and my schedule. It's a live in position I have 4 individuals with different mental and physical needs total care from 10pm thursday night to 6am sunday and I'm home the rest of the week with my kids. The days I am gone they are at home with my husband and most of the time sleeping.kids are 16 12 11 and 9 so not babies any more all sleep through the night and attend school. I often wonder If they realize I am even gone.

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Allanna - posted on 07/03/2012

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I worked as a shift leader in a retail store until my first child was born; I started full time schooling and continued to work in retail till I graduated, then became a medical secretary. Got pregnant with my second child, went back to school again and became a medical laboratory technician and I now work in a pediatric hospital

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2011

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I was an Accounts Payable Officer. Would love to get back into it after the kids go to school

Stifler's - posted on 06/03/2011

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I was an in home care worker at Ozcare now I stay home with the kids.

Olivia Lydia - posted on 06/03/2011

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I was a stay-at-home mother. But I had much interest in finding a job or/and going back to school. Having a child, let alone more, can be expensive.

Hope that helps any.

Marissa Penelope - posted on 06/03/2011

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I'm a Medical Technologist at a county hospital iin Norway. Its not an easy task to balance home and work but it is possible if theres two parents working together to get things done. I work on different shifts. I try my best to keep in shape while having quality time with my two daughters. If its possible to bring them along i do that, If not then we make up for lost time by giving them 2 or 3 hrs of 100% attention. I'm not perfect and still working on it every day.
Good luck to all working moms.

Angela - posted on 06/03/2011

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I'm a Senior Support Worker for people who have various disabilities and special needs. The title of this thread "Job Title Before Kids" suggests that people don't do outside, paid work once they become parents! Had a variety of diverse jobs before and during my children's early years. They're all adults now and I'm a grandmother.

Sarah - posted on 06/01/2011

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Before my daughter was born, I was a student studying special education and a customer service desk clerk at Albertsons. Now I am STILL a student studying special education and a SAHM considering I've skipped semesters, and only go 1-2 days a week and online when I am in school. Student teaching in the fall FINALLY :)

Janet - posted on 06/01/2011

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Before I had kids I worked on the road as an EMT. Now that I have 2 kids, I work as a 911 dispatcher.

Irene - posted on 06/01/2011

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a nurse. before the kids, i was really flexible with the days and shifts i can work. now because of childcare issues, i am confined to certain days that i can work. in the meeting we had yesterday, one of our managers said (not to me personally) that 'if u cant be flexible to the demands of the job, then perhaps you are in the wrong job'. oh so does that mean that nursing is only for those without children and those who will never have childcare issues? was disappointing to be honest...

Jacquie - posted on 05/31/2011

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I was an office manager for 20yrs with a supermarket chain, Was made redundant with 600 other people, then fell pregnant with only child ar age 43. When baby was 4 mths I went back to school part time and gained a diploma in remedial massage therapy. Now work from home ! Its worked out great !!

Letitia - posted on 05/31/2011

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I was a graphic designer. What I did when I started staying home with my kids for a few years was to join a group called Mothers and More that has a local chapter. It's for professional women who may not have a stay-at-home mom network to rely on once they quit working or reduce their hours. What a live saver they were! http://www.mothersandmore.org/ Stay at home moms (who don't have paid work) are welcome also, of courrse! What a great group of women.

Marsha - posted on 05/31/2011

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I was an interpreter specialist working with Deaf students before I became pregnant. A position I held up until 4 years ago. Then for 2 years I was a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Now, due to decrease in enrollment, I'm back to being an interpreter. I have 4 teaching degrees but enjoy functioning as an interpreter...no lesson plans.

Sierram23 - posted on 05/31/2011

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PE teacher. Now SAHM and run a blog. Http://Facebook.com/dailyhealthtipsformoms

Tina - posted on 05/31/2011

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Before my son was born I was a Mental Health Practitioner working with children with behavior disorders. Out of necessity I went back to work, however not to my previous job, I now work as an administrator in a office. I tried to go back, but it was too hard to be with those kids all day long and then try to have some emotion/energy/patience left for my own.

Jennifer - posted on 05/31/2011

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professional butt wiper! LOL ok, actually I was an STNA in a nursing home, so if you think about it all that actually changed was the butts and diapers got smaller.

Sally - posted on 05/31/2011

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Before I was a professional mommy I worked in the records department at a hospital. It was easy work at good pay, but my boss was not only incompetent AND stupid, but literally insane. You couldn't go up the chain for help because her bosses were even more stupid and her husband was a big-wig at the company that owned the hospital. The only reason they could keep employees at all was a combination of the bad economy, hiring almost only single mothers, and she hid in her office a lot. I'm much happier home with my kids.

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I was a single mom working in a day care. Hated it. Lost a lot of time with my son. I got married and quit work and started homeschooling my son. Now I have 3 more kids that I homeschool and am still a working stay at home mom. My job is my kids. Best and hardest job in the world, but I love it.

Sarah - posted on 05/31/2011

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Hi Shannin,
I'm sorry you didn't get much of a response in your disabled moms community. But, I think it's wonderful you started a community like that! :) You never know...a mother could come along who has some sort of disability who is feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and alone. Thanks to you she'll have the support & encouragement from you & your community & that is a wonderful thing! :)

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Marine Scientist, specializing in shellfish re-population and fin fish production for water quality testing.

Debbie - posted on 05/31/2011

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PRE kids I was a swimming teacher and a magistrates court clerk and an admin person at a school post kids I am the office manager at an accountants firm my girls are ten and eight

Kate CP - posted on 05/30/2011

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Pet Training Instructor specializing in behavioral issues and basic obedience.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/30/2011

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Ha. My sister was an admin assistant for Pitney Bowes in Ottawa a few years back. Funny.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/30/2011

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I started out as an archaeological research assistant (yay!) and then we moved to a place that lacked in archaeological research so I worked in payroll for a trucking company for a few years. Bo-ring.

Brooke - posted on 05/30/2011

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CSE- care support employee. I work at an aged care facility although at the moment I am 38 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child so am on maternity leave.. I don't know at this stage if I even want to go back

Tina - posted on 05/30/2011

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I was a kindergarten teacher before I had my daughter. Now I am a stay-at-home-mommy!

Shannintipton - posted on 05/30/2011

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Hi Sarah,

Thanks for the info. I started a community for brain injured mothers, I didn't get any members. I broadened out to all disabilities. I got a few nibbles but it is so depressing. The stories are really sad. Thanks for your response.

Vanessa - posted on 05/30/2011

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Before my first I worked in a cafateria and When she was two I started bartending. I took about two years off to have my youngest and then when back for two years and then I when back to school. Just finished that, and now I am working from home.

Sarah - posted on 05/30/2011

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Hi Shannin,
The only term I really heard in the hospital was "TBI." We worked with a lot of patients with TBIs...like from car wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, etc. We helped them regain their ability to do "everyday living" stuff like getting dressed, eating with utensils, cleaning themselves, etc. It was very interesting, but also very tough seeing people in that condition. :(

We also had patients with spinal cord injuries & a few with gun shot wounds. It was a VERY interesting job, but could be kinda depressing at times. It was also really rewarding to see someone go from barely being able to sit up to walking again. :)

Jocelyn - posted on 05/30/2011

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I was a waitress and and a liquor store/warehouse supervisor. Now I am a SAHM by day, and a bartender by night lol I also have a small at home business making hair bows :)

Shannintipton - posted on 05/29/2011

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Hi Sarah,
I am curious because of my background, did you deal with a lot of TBI or is it ABI now?

Sarah - posted on 05/29/2011

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Before I had my son, I worked as an Occupational Therapy Technician in a hospital. We mainly worked with stroke patients, patients with traumatic brain injuries, and people who had hip/knee replacements. Right now I'm a SAHM studying to be a Medical Transcriptionist. :)

Vaishali - posted on 05/29/2011

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I was a Solution Delivery Manager - ensuring telecom products deployment for various clients across globe. I quit my job to spend sometime with my 1 yr old son (then) and ventured into something I loved always - Music/Singing. I didnt really miss my job then... except the regular flow of salary! :)

Melanie - posted on 05/29/2011

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Before I had my daughter I was working at a sonic drive-in. i worked there up until 2 days before my due date. Talk about horrible! I was working almost 50 hour weeks on my feet all day (sometimes 12-13 hour days!) while I was pregnant! And I was making minimum wage and was training new managers who made more than me! Needless to say after I had my daughter I got a new job working at a daycare! I am mostly in the nursery with infant to 2-year-olds but somedays I switch to the older kids. I love it! When I am in the nursery my daughter is right next door in the infant room with her aunt so I can pop my head in at any time :)

Rachel - posted on 05/29/2011

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I was and still am a teacher. I have always taught at Christian schools that have a daycare, so even though I must work, my kids are never very far away.

Leanne - posted on 05/29/2011

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Marine! Before during and now after. I worked the entire nine months and back to work after 6 weeks.

Peita - posted on 05/29/2011

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I was a childcare woker in daycare centres (always a room leader), then I had 3 children and now I am a registered provider of childcare in my home, so same job, just different surroundings :-) I love my job!!

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I owned two small businesses--One provided online marketing, web design/support and liaison services for professional photographers. The other provided a wide range of non-print products from different manufacturer in one place for photographers to sell to their clients.

When J was born, I hired managers and cut my own work back to almost nothing, then last year, I sold the companies completely to become a full SAHM. I used the capital to buy some investment properties which I rent through a management company so I don't have to do anything but still have a small income.

Alice - posted on 05/29/2011

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I was a Corporate Sales Account Manager in the Ground Transportation Industry - it became VERY dull. I am now a mum of 2 and a Personal Stylist. So nice to finally feel proud of what I do!

Dawn - posted on 05/29/2011

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Hi, I was a Recruitment Consultant for 7 yrs, I left when I was 6 months pregnant with the twins. Around that time most of the long standing employees also left, then the co was bought out. The twins are now 3, no plans to go back as I don't have the same energy or enthusiasm for it! Have just done a bit of freelance recruitment instead, without the pressure of targets!

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