Seeking Career

Updated on May 13, 2010
V.G. asks from Cypress, CA
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I got pregnant at 16 with my daughter and finished up my high school and graduated with my class also attended some college then I had my son at 18 and I went back to school for a little bit but because of daycare problems I had to drop. I really want to go back but right now its not finacially possible. I'm now 23 and my daughter is 6 and my son is 4. I've been loving being the stay at home mom. I was the chaperone to my daughter's softball team when she was 4; this year I was the manager of her softball team. I'm part of her school PTA, I volunteer for the Book Fair, Harvest Night, and the school Carnival. I'm also the CO-Leader of my daughter's girl scouts. Also, my son just started baseball and I'm his number one fan. Well the point being is now my son is going to be entering a full day preschool and my daughter will being going to first grade so they'll both be out of the house all day and I want to get a job but I have little job experience. I don't want just a job I want a career. Something where I'll be making enough to pay bills and afterschool daycare. I can type 42wpm and work the computer efficiently. I'm a quick learner, can train easily, and I'm excellent with people. If anyone knows of any jobs in OC or anyone can help me get a job I'll be very grateful.

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V.M.

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Try signing up with Apple One temp agency-- the city's in OC and Long beach use them pretty frequently so you may end up with a permanent job with great benefits working for the city.

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A.B.

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Hi V.,
I commend you for being such a young mom who is very involved in the kids' lives. My sister had a daughter at age 18 and a son at age 19 and she was single. I can see how challenging it can be but being a young mom has its advantages. I also have two children, a five year old girl and a three year old girl. Having them 20 months apart is tough but rewarding to see them so close. As for starting a new career, would you consider joining me at a friend's house in Seal Beach (bordering Los Alamitos and Garden Grove) for a workshop? Its free and we'll have wonderful refreshments. This is for Southern Living AT Home. There will be about 7 other women there. Maybe you will like the product and will consider becoming a consultant for this direct sales company, which is the fastest growing company in sales and the most generous with excellent incentives, rewards, benefits, etc. Or maybe you won't find it appealing but can use this info for something else. You'll like the ladies. You can network with them. I'm sure they could give you suggestions or job leads, as well. I'm bringing two new moms with me who don't know anyone there so you won't feel like you're alone. You don't have to do any talking if you don't want to say anything but I seem to think you have good leadership and people skills. This workshop will be about 1-1.5 hours long and will start at 7pm sharp. I sure hope you can join us. No pressure, I promise. If you'd like some info on SLAH, go to my website at www.southernlivingathome.com/A. or email me directly at [email protected]____.com and I will give you some of our flyers and booklets.
Hope to see you!
A.

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J.C.

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First I want to congratulate you on all of your hard work! I worked with pregnant and mothering teens at a group home and you are exactly what we were trying to create! Well I have a suggestion for you. I know you said money is an issue but, I work at Concorde Career College. We train for medical vocations. At my campus (Garden Grove, but there is North Hollywood, San Bernadino, and San Diego campuses as well) we have medical assistant, dental assistant, insurance, coding, and billing specialist, respiratory therapy, and vocational nurse programs. There are tons of scholorships out there as well as financial aid. The first three programs I mentioned are about 6-8 months long and the other two about 18 months. I would suggest you check them out at the concorde website, www.concorde.edu. This might be what you are looking for! Good luck!!

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S.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

wow! we have a lot in common! i am 22 and have also been married for six years and i had my son at 16, (i did not finish hs though) i went to college and finished a year then had my daughter when i was 19, went back to school, it was super easy cause we had excellent daycare in santa barbara, we moved to irvine for my hubby to be in grad school and i just had my third baby, a little boy, in february and im planning on going back to school this fall. and hopefully my little ones will get into the daycare i put them on the list for!

when we needed money when i was 18 i went to appleone employment agency, even though i didnt have any degree or job experience at all, they were able to find me a 9 dollar an hour full time job in less than a week!
if you need a job fast i totally recommend that place!!

we should chat sometime!

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J.D.

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Hi V.,

The best job is to find something in direct sales that you are passionate about. Direct Sales will create the income you want because you love what you do. Direct Sales will allow the freedom to work the hours that are best for you and your family. Direct Sales will give you tax benefits and growth you could never realize with a job working for someone else.

I love what I do with Sensaria Natural Bodycare. If you want to learn about Sensaria and what I do, go to www.mysensaria.com/J.
You can also go to www.dswa.org or www.dsa.org for more information.

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S.R.

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Hello V.,

I know how difficult it is to look for a job right at this moment, when the economy is so bad. If you want a decent job you are required to have a two year college in many places. Just to work as a receptionist making $9.00 per hr. The school districts in different areas have occupational/career centers where you can get certificates. Since you already know computer and typing, it should be easy for you to study something quick. Community collages also offer classes in child development, you can work with pre-schoolers. How about, nursing assistant. The training is very short and you have the flexibility of working morning, afternoon, or nights. Some nursing homes even offer the classes as long as you work with them.

Good luck.

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V.G.

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Of course, I wouldn't be a good Home Party business rep if I didn't mention my own business which is called Home & Garden Party. There is online training. Check out their web-site at www.homeandgardenparty.com then Call me at 714/263-5607 (or e-mail me at [email protected]____.com) if you are interested in knowing more about it.

That was my commercial, now here is my answer...
Gosh, I can relate to the question of where to start. My daughter (21) is going through the same thing. I would suggest the ROP program where you can take classes specifically for the field you are interested in and they help you get placed in a job. It may not be your dream job, but it may help you determine what you don't like. Also, local Mom Clubs can be a great source of support and contacts.

Good luck to you in your search!

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N.C.

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If you can find a community college you should be able to get plenty of financial aid. From there it shouldn't be impossible

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P.G.

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V.,
You have so much to look forward to right now! Congrats on your new phase in life.
I do think that direct sales has so much to offer - especially for a busy woman like yourself. The pay per hour can beat a full time job if you let it.
I am in direct sales with Mary Kay Cosmetics. I make 50% on everything I sell. I quit my full-time job and am a SAHM of four boys (all four and under.) I'd love to meet with you over a coke or coffee and talk a little more about what I do. It's more than makeup. I'd like to offer you a lipstick of your choice for listening. I'd only need about 45 minutes (or less) of your time.
Email me directly if you are interested: [email protected]____.com
Hope that you find exactly what you are looking for.
P.

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C.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

As I recall 45 wpm was a minimum for typing positions, but the real question is what are your interests? When trying to start a career it is a good idea to inventory what you like and don't like to do. Also keep in mind that in this weak economy you may have to settle for less than your dream job -- but still dream -- to have a focus of what you are working toward. If you could go to college what would you study? Go on the internet to find hot careers and see what it takes to land one of those jobs, then work toward it. Is your husband able to care for the kids at night so you could work days, then take 1 class at night -- it took me 10 years of night school to get my degree. Maybe check out the certificate programs at community college that get you career ready w/o the general ed requirements that many college degrees require. Have you checked with all the people you know directly from your volunteer work w/ your kids? Good luck to you!

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S.D.

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I love being a SAHM, too. And that's one of the reasons I enjoy working from home. My schedule is flexible and works around my almost 3 year old son! And I make good money! If you would like me to tell you more, or if you would simply like some free pampering time, let me know! I'm with Mary Kay--check out our product and opportunity at my website www.marykay.com/sdement. I'm in Huntington Beach, but I travel to just about anywhere in the OC!

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S.W.

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I work with a group of like-minded, hard working Stay At Home Moms from a variety of backgrounds. At one point in our lives we were all looking for a better way to provide for our families. We are neighbors, co-workers, friends and colleagues who have joined together to help each other work from home and truly be able to enjoy our lives. When Moms partner with us they have time flexibility, they are their our own bosses, have great income potential and endless support.

I'm personally a SAHM of four and I’ve been working from home with our team and company for 8 years. I volunteer at school for one daughter, home school another and feel like my job only ads to our quality of life.

You can earn a few hundred dollars to $15,000 per month. You promote yourself through the company depending on how much you work.

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S.S.

answers from Boston on

In order to make great money with great tax benefits you should seek a Home Based Business and be your own boss and work for you not making someone else wealthy. You are trained and do not need ANY experience.
Think about it and make sure you do your due diligence and make sure you understand the opportunity and that the person who introduces you helps and trains you. That is very important. I wouldn't work for anyone else but myself. Leverage your time and money. Most work for money, we make money work for us. Why make your boss wealthy when you are more than capable to make you the wealthy one. I 'd never work for anyone else but myself. You are paid what you are worth not what your boss thinks you are worth...huge difference. Start a business at home part time and get a part time job and when your part time job makes more money than your full time job then it is time to work smarter at home not harder for someone else. There are many legitimate home based business just make sure the product or service has great value and people want and need what you are offering.

Blessings
S. S

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S.S.

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Hi V.!I work from home and love it. I am able to still attend my childrens school events and not worry about missing work when they are sick. I work with a wellness company opening new accounts, no selling or stocking of producst. I use all their products and love them, not to mention how it has made my home a much healthier place to be. We are always looking for new people to work with us. I would love to show you what they have to offer, just contact my website at www.workfromhome-gogreen.com. Thanks S.

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