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March 27th, 2009

I am currently in the process of looking for work. My son is now 15 months old, and I was on contract when I got pregnant, so I have no job to return to. I love being a full-time mom and have waited my whole life to become a mother. But we cannot afford to continue without even the meagre income that EI provided me with for 50 weeks.

I am a lawyer, called to the bar in 2002 with six solid years of litigation experience. I have had little trouble finding employers who are interested in me, notwithstanding my absence from the profession for the past 15 months. However, I am having great trouble finding employment that will not require me to forfeit spending any time with my son during the week, and one day on the weekend. I was never someone interested in spending 10-12 hours a day at work, and I certainly am not now.

On Tuesday, I interviewed for a position that would require two hours of commuting each day. I would not even consider it but for the fact that it is exactly the type of work that I want to do, and there are no openings at the local agencies. I stand a decent shot of being offered the position, and I think that I may have to accept because it is a permanent position.

I don’t like being away from my son even a few hours a day. I miss him terribly when I go for interviews. So, the thought of not seeing him all day truly fills me with sadness. I have given up hope of being able to find a position that would fulfill me professionally but allow me to be home for supper with my boy.

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