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Study with Kids ????

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#1 mrs.watto

Posted 05 December 2003 - 11:20 AM

Hi Everyone,

I was made redundant 5 months before my daughter was born this year as the hotel I was working for closed down. I was part of the senior management team and am not willing to work that long & hard again, therefore will loose the income that I was used to sad.gif

As I wont be returning to work for another year or two, I am at that point in which to decide:

1. Do nothing, then return to work and earn normal award wages or;

2. Study, then return to work or start up my own business with the possibility of earning a lot more.

Have any of you had a major career change after baby? Have you studied with a baby in the house?

I haven't studied for many years and am not sure what to do...HELP :confuse:

Angela (Sydney)
Mum to Lucy Born 6th September 2003

#2 laura&emelia

Posted 05 December 2003 - 12:44 PM

Hi Angela,
It's certainly a difficult decision you have to make, so good luck with whatever you decide.
I was just over half-way through a three year degree when I was pregnant with Emelia. I took a semester off when she was born and resumed study when she was five months. It was difficult, knowing that you have  to meet deadlines etc but I started slow and worked my way back up to full time. I could have done it alot quicker if I had just wanted a pass IYKWIM but I wanted to keep my grades up and starting out slowly let me do that. I have just finished my degree and now I am a third of the way through Honours and a full-time study load is fine. Emelia is older now though so she is happy to go to creche or grandparents a couple of days a week. I find that is the key to managing it though - having a day or two child-free that you can devote solely to study. Never mind the dishes or housework on those days.

Best of luck

(Emelia 16.02.02)

#3 Freckles

Posted 05 December 2003 - 01:53 PM

I finished my first Grad Dip whilst I was pregnant with DS and started the second one just after he turned one. This second one is Midwifery (delivering babies - cool) and is pretty full on. I work 4 days a week and go to uni 1 day a week, and I do two subjects at uni every 10 weeks. During this I am rotating at work every 3-4 weeks. So, it's pretty crazy. That being said, I am very lucky in that my DH is a SAHD and so I don't have to worry about child care or anything like that. I think it's prefectly do-able, as long as you have some free time (after bub's gone to bed or during daycare) to work on assignments etc. Good luck with whatever you decide.


DH Andrew
DS Patrick Finn 19/6/02
TTC #2 July 2004

#4 Freckles

Posted 05 December 2003 - 01:53 PM

Double post - doh!

DH Andrew
DS Patrick Finn 19/6/02
TTC #2 July 2004

This message was edited by freckles on Friday, 5 December 2003 @ 2:53 PM

#5 Guest_fatnat_*

Posted 05 December 2003 - 10:37 PM

I think you have to have a good babysitter if you want to study otherwise you never get anything done and never get any sleep.

#6 Guest_sputnik_*

Posted 08 December 2003 - 11:37 AM

If you plan to study, I would just take on a part time load for the first semester to see how you go and ease your way back into it.  I went back to my post grad studies after a year of absence from my course (would have been only 6 months only for horrid morning sickness  sad.gif) and my baby was 5 months old at the time.  I only did one unit though to see how it all went.  DH was the babysitter while I attended classes etc but then my course was at night.  Many of the uni's have a day care facility which I would have used myself if I had a course during the day.  

Best of luck with it all...happy studying!!  I tell you one big plus I found is that it keeps your mind active and stops your brain from going to baby mush  ;p

#7 scarlet

Posted 08 December 2003 - 04:41 PM

Hi there
I spent several years working in specialised
administration positions when I lived in Sydney
and when we did the 'seachange' found it very
difficult to find a admin job that was satisfying. I
worked with DH for a year before having bub and
then took 12 mths off to look after her. During that
year as much as I loved being with her i needed
something more in my life. I decided to study
nursing - totally unrelated to all previous study I
had done although I do want to work in public
health eventually - and have just completed my first
year with very good grades. I am also ecpecting
no2 in Feb and have enrolled in only one subject
externally next semester.
The secret I have found is finding the right sort of
care for your child. DD settled into daycare 1 day a
week (after a period of adjustment) for the first
semester and I upped it to two days this semester.
My MIL also cared for her 1 day week. I planned my
timetable to fit in with these 3 days and allowed
myself plenty of time to do the work while I was at
Uni so I was not spending too much time at home
on it as I saw this as family time. As I said this
worked really well and DH often commented that
he never saw me study.
It is possible to study and have kids you just need
patience and good organisation.
Good luck with whatever you decide original.gif

Proud mummy to
Eliza Clare born 13/11/01
Bubs due 24/02/04

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