RobinL in Canada Posted July 8, 2012 Share Posted July 8, 2012 (It's been along while since I've been on the WTM General board ; ) ) Part of me wishes I could post this anonymously, but since I can't, I'll take a deep breath and go ahead anyhow ; ) I've been hs'ing for 17 years (yeeks) and next year will be down to my last child, who will be 13/ in grade 8. My older sons are 17 (just graduated grade 12); 20 (finished first year of university), and 22 (finished a 3-yr college diploma). Five years ago I was widowed but was able to continue hs'ing and remain in our family home, and I have been very grateful for that. Nonetheless, maintaining this lifestyle stability for my sons has meant financial strain and we've reached the point where we will need to move within the year. My older sons are either already making their own way or about to, but anywhere I would move would still need enough room for myself, my youngest, and at least for some time the next son up, who will be taking a "gap year" before university (and we don't yet know if he will remain nearby or head further afield). I won't bother to go into the emotional upheaval the move will entail, let alone all the books I will need to pack ; ) . Ideally, then , I need to supplement my income, which is investment-based, with some sort of part-time work. Problem: I am qualified for virtually nothing except diagamming sentences and rescuing dangling modifiers. What do I have? A BA, two MAs, and an all-but-dissertation PhD in English and Creative Writing--skills which are totally unmarketable where I am. Although we have a university and several colleges nearby, they are already glutted with others seeking part-time teaching in English. I did run a co-op in my home for many years, and still teach in our local high school co-op, but that pays pennies. I also do some tutoring but find it very hard to drum up the customers (it seems that parents are keen on helping their kids succeed in math, not writing). Several people have told me I should look into editing because I'm such a grammar geek, but when I've done so, the responses again have been discouraging--it's virtually impossible to "break in" without a background "working your way up" from the bottom. I love teaching--but because I do not have an actual teaching degree, I can't work in elementary or high schools, including the Christian ones in the area. I'm stumped. What would you do if you were me? It is no longer possible for me to finish the original PhD even if I wanted to, which I don't (the stature of limitaitons has run out on that one) and in all honesty, the idea of going back to university for yet another degree just exhausts me (I'm no spring chicken anymore; not sure I ever was). I am not ready to move away to another city just to find part-time work. I'm not incapable of learning new skills, but can't see where I could apply for a job without them already (Yes, I suppose I could flip burgers, but I know I would then just want to come home and shot myself.) Although I'm a competent manager/ organizer both at home and for the co-ops I've been involved with, I'm an introverted, reserved person and have a very hard time "putting myself out there" or plunging into new situations. Would anyone have any ideas re what I could do? It's both frustrating and disheartening to have spent so many years of my life in academia and yet be unable to make use of my skills beyond the hs'ing community. I readily admit that even had I completed my PhD, I still would have chosen to homeschool my boys,and I have loved doing it; but this--my current situation-- is why I so very vociferously discourage any starry-eyed artsy types from majoring in English! If anyone has any ideas re how I could parlay my limited skills into some sort of employment, I would be very grateful. Thank you-- Robin Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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