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    Char 1978
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    I am a single mum with 2 children aged 14 years and 8 years I have been at home for a long time trying to get a job so far all I have managed is a zero hour contract!which is no good because there’s no hours guaranteed and I am on universal credit so my dilemma is I don’t drive I have limited childcare and only really have my GCSE and I have done a bit of work in the past welfare etc who’s going to give me a job I feel such a failure.

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    Yaz
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    Have you thought about  child mi ding or working in a nursery? Some basic  courses you can do online and when you start working you can top up with tax credit.

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    Char 1978
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    I am not qualified to be a childminder nor do I have the relevant qualifications to work in a nursery thanks for your reply though you can’t do an awful lot of studying when your on universal credit as your supposed to spend your time looking for paid work and they don’t fund any courses you want to do so I would be studying looking for work and looking after my children on my own so it’s catch 22 really 😞

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    Yaz
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    Yes I understand but could you not find a course that will get you on the ladder to be a nursery assistant or another job if this is not something that interests you

    I worked part time and studied on Friday.  I didn’t pay for the course.

    I’ve met wonderful  nursery assistants who were also parents with no qualifications but got on free courses

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    GingerbreadHelen
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    Hi @Char 1978, Here’s some information on our website which may help you find your way out of your difficult situation, including courses like those suggested by @Yasminpol, and financial support. Working – Gingerbread

    Best wishes, Helen

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    Andrew uk
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    Supermarkets? I work at one and they are looking for staff.

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    Surreyman
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    You are not a failure,  and you will have loads of transferable skills that you probably don’t even realise you have.

    You have had some rough experiences and now start to doubt yourself and your worth.

     

    But remember what you are worth, and what skills you have. As a single parent of two young kids, one of skills is people skills. This is something that cannot be easily taught and takes character and time to develop. Believe in yourself and aim high,  start on a course you’re interested in and then work your way up.  People will recognise what you bring to the table and they will invest in you, like you are going to invest in yourself , and believe in yourself,  because you have come this far and it trust me it will get better.  Sometimes blessings come in disguise,  don’t ever give up and always make an opportunity when you think something has not worked out, it normally opens another door quietly.  You have drive and passion and determination,  you must have or you wouldn’t have posted and asked for advice,  and you’re a mum, and that on its own has taken indomitable spirit.

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    Geoman
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    As a single Dad I can thoroughly recommend any form of work with children. It’s incredibly rewarding. I have just taken a zero hours contract in a school out of need as I was made redundant from my previous school job. I’m a teaching assistant that specialises in special educational needs but I’ve worked as a dinner lady (man!), a breakfast/after school club worker and now an exam invigilator. The after school club was especially good as I got free childcare while I was working and of course it’s school term time only.

    If I go back many many years I was working for a record and film company earning quite a lot of money. I studied up to postgraduate level too but two divorces later and becoming a single Dad changed everything. It’s incredibly hard for single parents to balance work and children and I’ve relied heavily on the benefit system to get me through. Being solely responsible for the wellbeing of your children can be so stressful. That said I wouldn’t change anything as I have an amazing relationship with my daughter

    Would Universal Credit support you while you take a recognised qualification? I took out a student loan to become a Teaching Assistant and given the terrible salaries in school, I will never have to pay it back. I found this with a quick google https://www.gov.uk/guidance/free-courses-for-jobs which might be worth a look.

     

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    Yaz
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    My friend works in the job centre and she is employed to find free courses for people who are not working. You can do courses in the evening so really it’s den to the individual. Benefits are the not the solution Nd you get more help when you are working

    #64965 Report

    Char 1978
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    Thankyou all I think because I don’t have a lot of experience with work etc I am finding it hard to find a job!I will ask my work coach when I next see her if there’s any courses etc I can do to add to my cv or a recognised qualification so I can apply for more than cleaning jobs!Nothing wrong with cleaning jobs it’s just a means to an ends but I want something more now that my children are older!

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