Question: Dear Luise: I am worried sick since I haven’t had a stable job for more than 2 years now. I get on-and-off temp jobs every now and then. I used to work as a secretary, but due to my age (I call this discrimination) I have been informed (basically by job agencies) I can no longer continue working in this field. I have a son to feed and give education. How can I ensure that I meet his basic needs and at the same time, receive peace of mind with a more stable job? Hope to hear from you soon. Bless you! Iris
Answer: Dear Iris: I am using an assumed name for you here and that’s fine. I have known secretaries who worked past retirement age but I do need to say that it wasn’t recently, so I don’t know how the job description may have changed. It would be my desire, if it were me, to work at home in some capacity while raising a child. I would suggest that you might want to investigate ways to make an income on the web. You may not find the kind of opportunities you are interested in there, but it might give you some ideas.
I don’t know where you live but have you looked into job re-training or even considered moving into another field through further education? Grants are sometimes available. You didn’t state your son’s age but I’ve known mothers who opened day care facilities successfully, to be able to stay at home and provide playmates for their children while earning an income. Some cities offer aptitude testing. Would you like to own your own business cleaning houses, for instance? I have a friend who is very successful at that, loves the independence and prefers it over the high-tech job she was trained for. There are companies that train nursing assistants and then offer work. It sounds like it may be time for some creative thinking and change. Blessings, Luise