Last year, my husband was laid off from a well-paid position with a company where he had worked for almost 20 years. Six months later, he landed another position, which he loves. The only downside is that this new position is in the non-profit sector, which meant he took a substantial pay cut. This brings me to the kick in the pants part. As I have been a stay-at-home parent for many years (albeit with a variety of part-time gigs now and then), this was the kick in the pants I needed to really start looking for a job, as there’s no way we can live on his current salary long-term without making substantial lifestyle changes that we don’t care to make.
For several years, I’d mulled the idea of getting back into the workforce, but the logistics of a full-time position with kids and a spouse who works long hours aren’t pretty, especially when you have no extended family in the area. So, the husband’s job switch was the kick in the pants I needed to take a hard, cold, look at our finances, the job market, and my skill set, and jump into the employment waters. The logistics of working full-time still won’t be pretty, but at least the kids at old enough that we don’t need to have a heart attack if we’re not home before the bus comes each day, and presumably the husband has a bit more job flexibility.