I was self employed and wanting more stability and more clients. (I'm a lactation consultant.) I was also willing to do something else, if need be, and I am not crazy about working in hospitals, I don't like the way patients are treated, the costs and the lack of time we have with our patients in hospitals. I did a apply for two positions at hospitals, one was a job, which required and RN and an IBCLC, it was only 6 days a month, NO benefits, a very low hourly rate (less than half the going rate for lactation consultant work) a willingness to "double duty" (meaning you forget your lactation patients, so they can use you to start IVs, do charts, hand out meds, assist in procedures that have nothing to do with lactation, all when this hospital has one of the worst breastfeeding success rates among women in our area) I decided it would be career suicide and I couldn't pursued them to give me more time with lactation patients, either.
I began to think I was burned out working in nursing, so I looked other places. Macy's offered me a job, but when I saw their crappy treatment of workers (call in sick twice, you lose your job) the necessity to work EVERY SINGLE Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each week plus 3 eveings, and the hourly rate, I declined. NO WONDER Macy's is always "hiring" their turnover is so high from their abuse of employees, people QUIT all the time, even in this economy.
I did apply at a sex toy shoppe. I got two interviews, I honestly think that my actual expertise in the field of sex toys and my being honest about using Eden as a source made the company feel I was "working for the competition" and I didn't get the job.
There were a few other applications in there, I didn't even get calls back. There is such a thing as being over qualified, and women over 35 have a hell of a time getting a job, especially in some fields.
I finally realized I did
want to work with mothers and babies, (just not in a hospital) so I called an agency I used to work for and they were just hiring and had been desperately looking for an LC. Got the job. Been there since last fall. I love it. I work with new mamas and their babies and I really enjoy it. The hardest part is ALL our visits with clients are house calls. I'm not good at finding places on maps, but I'm getting better at it again. But, I get to help take care of babies and help women nurse their babies. It's what I'm good at, what I'm trained for and what I like to do.