You may have noticed one of my New Year's Resolutions from the last post is to do with professional development. ("Get self back behind a library desk. Because this whole civilian library user thing is crap.")
It's been 6 months since I've been employed and I am kind of dying inside a little bit. It's just not good. I've taken my updated resume to my local library and am trying to keep in touch about what's needed and what I might be able to do. (Note: Learn from me and do not go four years and two jobs without updating your resume & then try to do it all from memory when you are no longer in said jobs and are now stupider from whatever hormones happen during childbirth that drain all of your powers from that one place in your head with the thing that you think with.)
I recently listened to a really interesting podcast on "Stay-at-home-Moms and Money." Yes, it was over at the Feminist Mormon Housewives podcast page, but don't let that scare you. There's no bra-burning in this one. They chat with a financial planner about the nitty gritty financial realities regarding women and especially SAHMs. A lot of the statistics terrify me (example: women who leave the work force to raise children can lose up to $1 million in lost income), but there was some good information in there. Examples:
Have a budget. Seriously.
Be informed and educated regarding your own financial situation and on finances in general.
A husband is not a financial plan.
If you leave the work force, do not burn any bridges. Keep in touch with your previous employers and coworkers. Go out to lunch with them once a year. They will be your references down the road and can let you know about opportunities if you need/want to go back to work.
Even if you aren't earning a salary, you can still add to your resume. Find ways to volunteer in the community to keep your skills up and add to your experience and contacts. Update your resume once a year.
I will probably go listen to the thing again, because it really was helpful. It looks like at some point they plan to have other episodes along the same lines, dealing with going back to work, etc.
I'd like to hear from you, though. Does anything about this touch a nerve? If you aren't working right now, does that kind of freak you out like it does me? ("Wow, I am now completely financially dependent upon another person while my own skills get rusty and how can I even do this for X more years gaaaah") Does anyone wish they could quit their job but that's just not possible? Anyone have more good advice to add to what's above?