A lot of you won't know this, I'm a fully qualified Legal Cashier. I have worked in the accounts department in a local Solicitors since the last year of my admin course in college, I went there on work experience during my course and they kept me on part time, working on the days that I didn't have college. Once I finished college they offered me a full time role, eventually they put me through a diploma, I failed my exam first time around but scraped through the second time, I now have the option to use the letters ILCA DIP after my name if I so wish (I never use them!). A few weeks ago, after working there for almost 13 years, I decided to put my baby before my career and hand my notice in. I left my career for my baby.
I've never been a career person, yes, I did the course and got the letters after my name, but that was only because it was expected of me. If I had been more determined I probably would have passed the exam first time around, but I'm not a career person. This is why I had always planned on finding a part time job in retail instead of returning after my maternity leave. I'm sure my bosses would have allowed me to go back part time, but I didn't want to. I wanted a job where I could work a couple of hours a week and not feel stressed about the work that was building up on my desk while I was away, or feel guilty about the work that I had to dump on my colleague because I didn't have enough time to finish it.
Where I worked was great, if I had handed my notice in at the end of this month I would have been there for a total of 13 years, I clearly enjoyed it. My colleagues and bosses were lovely, some became great friends and I really do hope that we will keep in touch, but they will carry on in their office job without me there and eventually forget about me.
Most of my life changing events happened during the time that I worked there. I split up with my first long term boyfriend while working there, he sent flowers to me at the office, I gave them to a colleague. I met spencer while working there, we got engaged, married and pregnant while working there. I bought my first house while working there, off one of my colleagues as it happened but that was just a coincidence! I enjoyed my first and (probably) last girls holiday while working there. I celebrated turning 18, 21 and 30 with them. I won employee of the year while there and had several years without having a single sick day.
I will miss it. We had amazing Christmas parties, we were treated like royalty at the parties, our boss always striving to better the previous year. We went to London as a firm to meet the local MP in parliament after winning an award.
I will miss working there, I will miss the fun times we had outside of work and I will miss my colleagues and bosses. But I am happy with the decision that I have made and feel that a load has been taken off.
I'm taking a huge risk. The job that I have accepted is a temporary Christmas position, they are taking some of us on afterwards so I just have to hope that I am one of those. If not, at least I have the experience in retail to add to my CV.
I have just completed my first week in my new job and I am loving it. I am working 16 hours a week, split over four, four hour shifts. On a busy day the four hours go so fast. I love being on the tills serving and chatting to customers, it doesn't feel like I am in work. I am not getting stressed at all. So far my hours have been 9am - 1pm, 12.30 - 4.30 and 4.30 - 8.30pm. These hours are lovely as it means that I still get to spend a big chunk of the day with Aria.
I have taken a huge pay cut, my wages will amount to roughly the same as my statutory maternity pay. We survived on my maternity pay so we can survive on these wages.
Maybe I will stay in retail, maybe I won't, but for now I am absolutely certain that that leaving my career for my baby was the right decision.
Did you or would you leave your career for your baby?