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Re:Desperate Housewife seeks advice - 2023/04/06 09:50 Dear Valerie

My advice would be - take advantage of the fact that you're still young enough to build up some good work experience. Start slowly with jobs you can fit around your children with a minimum of childcare costs. Even if you don't gain much at the beginning, you will be able to build on this as time goes on. AS I have found to my cost, relevant and recent experience is vital for all jobs now so start small, and as your children grow older, take on better paid work that fits around the school holidays. Teaching assistants for instance often get paid holidays and are similarly paid to clerical workers.

hope this helps
Tricia
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Re:Desperate Housewife seeks advice - 2023/04/12 01:23 Well Girls, seems I am not alone here - I am 45 and now a single parent-I want to re-train in a professional I.T. Job now that my youngest is off to college this year but am being asked for thousands of pounds in training fees to get the training I need because it is a professional,vocational qualification. I have a degree but in an unrelated subject and the local education establishments can't offer me the training I need for free. I work part time and am in the "Working and Child Tax Credit trap". Why don't employers give us the pro training we need to get back up there in the job market. Don't they understand that we are far more experienced in life and related skills than kids are? I am far from on the scrap heap and don't want to get into debt just to prove my worth.
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Re:Desperate Housewife seeks advice - 2023/04/19 10:59 <looks at above message>

What about the rest of the country? Are we not interesting enough for you? . . . Toby!!!!
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Re:Desperate Housewife seeks advice - 2023/04/19 11:15 <blush>
oops . . didn't look to see there were other replies.

Back to the original subject. At least most of you have a husband to keep a roof over your head. I am divorced, live on my own, and have JSA of 57.00, 10 of which is taken out at source to pay my water rates. (yes, Ihave applied for a meter), to keep me in gas, electric, 'phone, tv licence, fares to interviews and, er oh what is it . . food!

I am still paying off housing benefit overpayment, I foolishly thought I could maybe earn about 100-120 per week, without it being affected . . ha ha . . I am allowed to earn an extra 5.00 and then any extra I earn is taken off me pound for pound! As it cost me 13 a week for travel, I was, effectively out of pocket!

Try temping agencies, short term, and as you don't have a lot of experience or skills, you probably won't get enough to mess your benefits up. Also, volunteer for things at school, this looks good on your CV.

And remember, at least you don't have to sign on, and tell some bored-out-of-their-skull worker what you have been doiong that week,(with proof), and if you have the audacity to wait for your back to work interview in the wrong place, therefore making you ten minutes late, have to wait 10 weeks for any benefit.
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Re:Desperate Housewife seeks advice - 2023/10/13 21:24 It is shocking to read the experiences of women returning to work . I am very disheartened to hear that to get back into the workplace seems to be a mammoth task (that takes years) for those of us who took time off to bring up children and worked in crappy p/t jobs just to pay the bills. The government won't tolerate us not working but makes it nigh impossible to do so at a decent level.
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