Career Ideas

Updated on December 01, 2010
M.G. asks from Flower Mound, TX
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Hi Moms,

I have a B.A. Degree in Liberal Arts, but never did much with it. I am a SAHM of three kids. I would like to go to work in the near future, but I'm not sure what I should do. In the past, I have had jobs, but never a career. I wouldn't mind going to a vocational school to earn a certificate in something, but I am not sure what that something should be. I have thought about many careers like: medical assistant, dental assistant, LVN (licensed vocational nurse), and massage therapy. If you have any other ideas, I would love to hear it! I am trying to find a career that offers a decent salary, too. Also, I would prefer that the certificate program be no more than a year. Maybe something like this doesn't even exist, but I thought I'd ask y'all! Thanks for your help.

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answers from Dallas on

Consider the library world! it can take as little as 2 years start to finish to get a Master's degree, depending on how many classes you take at a time. with a Liberal Arts background and management skills of 3 children, you may really enjoy it. you can try volunteering at a library to give it a trial run.

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answers from Dallas on

If you already have a Bachelor's degree, many school districts will train and educate you to be a teacher. It's what I did. It's call Alternative Certification. I went through the program about 10 years ago in Dallas, then moved to the Mesquite ISD. I'm now a SAHM, and was a K teacher, so I feel like I'm still using my knowledge. Districts are always looking for science/math teachers, so if that's your forte, I'm sure you'd be in demand. The pay is decent as a teacher and of course you are on the same holiday schedule as your kids. That's an added bonus. Good luck to you!

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answers from New York on

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answers from Dallas on

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answers from Dallas on

Hi Michelle,
If you are interested in a home based business, please contact me.
My business ties in very nicely with my other interest: health and fitness. You can get certified in a short period of time as a personal trainer or exercise instructor. There is a water fitness one day course coming up soon in McKinney. You need to get the manual beforehand to study though.

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answers from Cincinnati on

Hi Michelle! I have found what for me as a SAHM is a lifeline...however it may not be for you the only thing I can say is check it out like I did because the info is free all you have to do is listen and ask whatever questions you may have if any...and then the choice is all yours! no obligation for anything!! Best of luck and yall have a happy holiday!!

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answers from Dallas on

I've always been a SAHM (ex corporate exec) and LOVE that aspect of motherhood. As a mom of a 14 yr old now, this is more valuable than EVER.

I have an only child and when she entered K in 2000 I was volunteering myself crazy with the school because I LOVE her school. The principal asked me to sign up to be a subsitiute which I did. I have been a substitute at my daughter's elementary school ONLY and I can easily keep busy 2-4 days a week since 2000. I've even been offered full time which is not practical for my family right now because I am the accounting/management person for our personal corporation....NON MLM.

My preference is 1-2 days a week MAX because we do run our corporation out of our home.......NOT MLM....A Personally funded, legitimate, consulting/brokerage comapany with raw materials that we have been involved in for the past 25+ years. We do a LOT of negotiating with transfers from supplier to customer, warehousing, travel to manage accounts, detailed expenses, and wiring money and funds to suppliers to negotiate shipments.

My subbing days are very well planned, no late night or early morning calls....Our company is #1 Priority here and the subbing is a fantastic outlet I can do that allows me to be with the little kids I love to be with to teach. I LOVE subbing and I keep doing it because I love it.

If I were faced with HAVING to get a job outside the corporation full time, I would be in the classroom in a heartbeat.

People LOVE to talk about "six figure" incomes and that is FANTASTIC.... GO FOR IT. However......there are "six figure" incomes that are barely able to squeeze by that label and other "six figure" incomes that far surpass that label. Keep in mind....the degree of "six figures" is HUGE. It takes a LOT of hard work to reach and maintain a good medium to high level "six figure". It doesn't happen overnight (unless you win the MEGA lottery or are doing something illegal), it happens over years.

Stay focused on the BIG PICTURE.

We are in Plano ISD. Best wishes.

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answers from Wichita Falls on

Hello Michelle,
Your children are so young! You surely have a very busy household. How absolutely wonderful.
I was a stay at home mom for a long time, then an opportunity to be a teacher came along. It was 2 years for me, though, as I had a BS in Business and I wanted to be a PE teacher. That was 15 years ago, and I love every day. The great thing about teaching is that you have holidays off when your children are off, and if you work at the same school they attend, even better.
In addition to teaching, I have another job as a consultant with Creative Memories. I love that job, too, as I teach people how to preserve their family photos. It is very very rewarding, and I do it from home. I also get my supplies at cost, so I keep up with my own family photos and albums.

I hope I have helped you in some small way. Best wishes for a fabulous day,

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answers from Los Angeles on

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answers from Dallas on

Im in similar situation and am getting my alternative teaching certificate. Im also contemplating Real Estate. The market can be good still from my understanding of information I have received from Realtors. It's a flexible job as well,and the pay out can be nice. One friend of mine whos been doing this for a while says that some months she closes on 3-4 homes and does well,and then some months it's just 1 home. So it has it's ups and downs too,yet the opportunity to make money is good. Also with Real Estate lics. you can get involved with property management and apartment locating



answers from Duluth on

The dental assistant is one of the top 5 money-making jobs with an Associate's degree. My husband was a stay-at-home Dad... and now, he's searching for a new career. I urge him to do something in the medical field (sonographer is also a good career choice) so he can get it done within 2 years, a little less because he already has the core classes of english and math behind him (as you would). It's a tough world out there now. He has some college and culinary school but can't find a good paying job to save his life. I would feel so much better if I knew he could make 60,000 per year and we'd be okay if I lost my job. Whatever you do, don't fall for work at home scams. I did when I was younger, and it took a lot of money and never worked out. Go get a certificate in a tech program that you would enjoy and do it fast. Don't take too much time to figure it out. My husband did, and we're in a financial mess now. I'm thinking of going back to school at 42 to get my sonography degree just so I have a little job stability and can make more money then I can with a Master's degree (which I have) in my field!


answers from Dallas on

if you enjoy learning about health and wellness and would like to hear about the possibility of having your own home business.......working your own hours. I know it sounds too good to be true, but that's what I do and I'd be happy to tell you more if you have an interest.



answers from Sacramento on

Hi, Michelle~

Hope you've had an opportunity to continue exploring the options out there. If you're still in the market for a new opportunity, I'd love to share how I work from home. I'm a mom of a 2 year old and 3 month old and I've been working from home for almost 2 years now. Now I mentor other moms and help them get started as well! Contact me or request information from my website:



answers from Dallas on

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answers from Dallas on

Hi Michelle,

I was laid off from corporate America last year and after many months of not finding a position, I happened to meet someone in the parking lot of a grocery store which changed me. I know this sounds corny and typical but I had been at my corp job for over 11 years and working for a small company it was dead end type of job. Good perks and retirement benefits so even tho would be many years before retiring and kept staying. I saw my layoff as a sign to look for something else - perhaps something that I really wanted to do. I really enjoy this company and can say that I never had the support or training in corp America that I have with my current company. And I can work out of my home, do the volunteer work that I have wanted to do and even more importantly participate in our kids' school activities. If you are interested please give me a call - would love to introduce you to this wonderful opportunity. Thanks ###-###-####

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