Or so it seems.
My husband recently told me how freeing it must be to be able to choose any career I wanted. The freedom of being able to do what you are passionate about. Ummm...really?
Well, I equate my new career search to a funnel. Lots of ideas and options going in, and only a few make on the other side. My husband's career is already set in stone, he has been in his field for almost 20 years. With set hours, and an hour commute each way, my new found career must flex around his for the kids sake. If one of them gets sick at school, he can't leave work on most days. If one of them wakes up with a fever, he has to go to work. There is little flexibility.
I kicked around real estate for awhile. Sounds great in theory, but really you are at your clients mercy. Nights and weekends are when people want to look at houses, and that is my time with my family. I really do not want to give that up. No big commission check is worth it to me.
Next on the chopping block was a 9-5 job (specifically Construction Management, my former career), but rushing to get the kids to school and not getting home till late to make dinner and put them in bed sure doesn't sound like fun either. People do it all the time, I am not one of those people. My older son goes to speech and physical therapy 4 days a week after school, and the thought of taking them to before and after school daycare seems like such a waste. I would barely see them. No amount of money is worth it to me. Some people do not have a choice, they have to have both parents work, or are a single parent that has to bring home the paychecks. We are lucky, we have the option to let me stay home and be active with my boys while my husband is at work.
Insert court reporting/ captioning. My sister is a freelance court reporter in the Seattle/Tacoma area. She told me years ago I should look into captioning. I was too busy with babies and being pregnant to really look at it, until now. With my son's therapy schedule, which will continue for years to come. I need a schedule I can help determine. I would rather work from 8pm till ??? so I can pick my boys up from the bus stop. That is who I am, my sister (not the court reporter) thinks I'm too protective, but I think every family dynamic is different. You only raise your kids once. Full time employees are 30 hours per week, I assume that means a part time employee is 15 hours per week (typing time) at $50-$75 per hour... Hey, that is something I can get used to. I started my quest for knowledge. It seems like the perfect fit. I have been warned, the school is really tough, and slightly boring. Schools have a high drop out rate. Intimidating? Yes, a little, however, not enough to deter me.
Great pay with a schedule you can set around your family's needs....too good to be true? I guess I will find out
If you are a captioner or in school to become one, why did you decide this career and is it what you expected? Let me know!