- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Hello bees! First time posting in career, first time having a career, avoiding studying for the MPRE I’m taking tomorrow 😛
I’m 32, have three kiddos (11, 8, and 3), and remarried end of June to my bestest friend. I had my son young, at 20, and returned to school when he was an infant. Took me 5 years to get my associates degree (had my daugher along the way). Moved on to university, got my BSW in 2 years (with the credits from my AS). New I would be poor forever with a BS(bachelors in social work), so new I wanted to go to grad school, but here, MSW are a dime a dozen, so applied to the law school also and got accepted to the joint degree program (JD/MSW).
I haven’t really worked this whole time. I worked part time at a grocery store for a few years, but hadn’t worked since 2006. Last fall, I decided I wanted a part time job, was thinking at the law library or something. Weeellllll….my mom got me an interview with a supervisor at her agency and I landed an amazing job as a foster care social worker. Graduated in may with my MSW, got licensed last month – I officially have the letters LMSW after my name 😀
There was quite a learning curve with my job, but now I’ve got it, and I’m really good at it. The organization I work for is voted best in the region, and treats its employees soooo good. Plus my supervisor is just a great person (ex. I brought the food to a work picnic because I have a big truck, and due to them using a crappy tin, baked beans spilled all over my truck. She gave me her company CC and sent me to delta sonic to have it cleaned. Well, they broke my passenger seat :/ It’s automatic, and they obviously shoved it, so it’s stucl against the dash. I file a claim, take it back the next week to have it fixed. They don’t fix, break the DRIVER’S seat, then tell me it’s my fault!!! She called a friend who knows the owner of delta, and the bastards fixed it ($3,800 in parts :O), and gave me a crap ton of coupons for free cleanings – like I’ll ever go back!)
OK, I seriously digress. But that has been my drama for the past 3 weeks and it’s just been resolved lol.
I work part time, with 4 kids on my caseload. I’m averaging 25 hours a week. 35 hours is full time, salaried. My boss wants me to go full time. Right now I have 4 kids in four separate homes, she would give me 3-4 kids in one home, so it wouldn’s add more than 10 hours a week. I set my own hours, make my own decisions, have my own office, LOVE my coworkers, it’s just awesome 😀 I really want to go full time (I’ll get 6 weeks PTO a year, plus 10 holidays. I’ll also get a $2,000 check each year for not taking their health insurance – covered under my husband).
Well….my dilemma…I’m still in law school. I begin again in September, will be done next May, then study for the New York Bar Exam (toughest in the states, ugh). My boss knows I plan to take a 10 week educational leave next summer to study. I plan to return next August, and if I pass (find out in November) I’ll get admitted to the bar February 2015. Then I’ll start looking for my legal job. In this job, I’m making tons of great connections, I’m in family court a lot. That is where I plan to focus my practice, I want to be an Attorney for Children.
I’m taking 10 credits this fall, and 11 in the spring. Fall: 3 classes weekly, one 1-credit class that is only for the month of October, taught by an adjunt who is the attorney who subpoaened me to testify in a trial for work, and said I was a great witness 😀 Spring: 2 one-credit classes or 1 two-credit class for the month of January, then 3 weekly classes for the remainder of the semester.
Last year was really tough, working, planning a wedding, being in school, and raising a family. Wedding is over, graduated grad school so only in one program now, and I have a great handle on my job. Last year, it took me 4 days to complete paperwork that I do in two hours now (it’s something that is due every 6 months for each youth).
I’m in the top 25% of my class right now, but at this point, I’m going to get my real job through my current job, and no one will give a shit about my grades (my boss recently told me it put her off that I inluded my 4.0 GPA (in my masters program) on my resume. I don’t need to stay up until 2am studying to get A’s, I can get through it with B’s, graduate, pass the bar, and be on my way.
I feel pretty confident that I can do (my amazing husband is soooo supportive). But when I talk with friends and family about going full time, they’re all really negative, reminding me how hard it was last year when I first started my job. But it’s wayyy different now.
So that’s my story. Gold star to anyone who made it this far 🙂 Any input from an outsider would be appreciated, and please share your experience if you’ve been in a similar situation!