{ORGANISING YOU} The Organised Secretary + Giveaway

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang

Prior to starting this blog I was contemplating returning back to work being that all my kids are at school.  Before kids I was a secretary for a property development company, typing dictated letters, answering phones, collating 100+ page contracts and more.  I worked 8.30am – 5pm 5 days a week, I left soon after I fell pregnant with the twins.

I always wanted to be a secretary, I remember when I was young watching Perry Mason with my mum and mesmerised by the lady typing away (taking shorthand notes) during the court sessions.  I learnt to type on a typewriter when I was young and when I left high school I had a very high typing speed.  I then went to TAFE and graduated with a Diploma of Office Administration.  This course was perfect for me, one of the subjects that I remember quite clearly was how to organise a filing cabinet.  ORGANISE!!  Yes I was a very Organised Secretary!    And another subject I enjoyed was designing a newsletter… who knew 15 years on I would be writing my own newsletters and running a website, all which I designed myself.  

Much of what I learnt during my course has helped me with my blog writing, design etc.  However, after 9 and a half years out of the work force I feel that I need an update to improve my skills. I would really like to take a course in website development, understanding code and full website functionality. 

I speak to many mum’s contemplating studying so they can return back to work, I hear a lot of:

  • I don’t want to do what I did before kids, I need a career change
  • But I forget how to do it
  • I don’t know where to start and what to do
  • We can’t afford to live anymore, I need to work
  • I have kids, how do I study, be mum and look after the home
  • I can’t afford to pay for a course
  • I don’t know if I have the time
  • What are my options?
There are options, you can absolutely do it!!  Balancing studying and family can be possible, SEEK Learning can help you.  They offer a free service, personalised to your needs helping you to find a course to suit YOU.  SEEK assist you in finding a course from their many different providers, such as psychogoloy, administration to education and childcare either at uni, TAFE or specialist courses, there will be something to help you follow your dreams.
 
By working together you will find a course that will fit around your lifestyle either online, distance education or at a campus.  Thankfully SEEK Learning can help advise on the financial options that are available, finding one that suits you and your needs.  
 
Believe in yourself, make that step and find a course that will help your financial future.  You can find more details about SEEK Learning HERE.
 

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114 comments

Theimperfecthousewife February 14, 2012 - 5:36 AM

I wanted to write books. Still do. But it seems like a far off dream- one that could never reallt happen.

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Rebecca Griffiths February 14, 2012 - 5:37 AM

Thanks for the link…. although I am working at the moment I feel that when my job finishes I will branch into something else… this will help me decide and train before my job finishes!

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Catty February 14, 2012 - 5:41 AM

I always wanted to be a teacher but never went to University because I wanted to earn money fast so I could own my own house and have some savings set aside so that when I did get pregnant (I got married young) I could stop working. I still dream about going back to Uni and becoming a teacher but I don’t want my husband and kids to ‘suffer’ because I am choose a career over them. I know it will be better for the family financially in the long run but 4 years of study with young children seems a distant dream.

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Avisionsplendid February 14, 2012 - 5:46 AM

Hi Katrina, I too had a career change via external study at TAFE. I was a solicitor who upgraded my teaching skills via TAFE online and now I teach legal studies for secretaries and paralegals through TAFE. The online study suited me at the time and now the online work allows me to work from home or the office. For me it’s all about balance for my family and joy for me ! There are lots of options out there for us mums.

Michelle
( avisionsplendid.com )

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Brenda February 14, 2012 - 6:11 AM

I had dreams of being a hairdresser. I suppose that dream has been answered in part, by having 4 daughters! I’m very fortunate that my chosen career in Occupational Therapy is very family friendly, and I have been able to stay in that field.

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MelMummyofThree February 14, 2012 - 6:20 AM

I always wanted to be a marine biologist! A bit of a far cry from the Customer Service Manager I became, but I did love it.

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Michelle February 14, 2012 - 6:24 AM

i’ll be returning to work as a physio, but have also been questioning what type of work i should pursue. lots of different specialities and interrest areas! the course cost is definately a major facttor!

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Amy February 14, 2012 - 6:44 AM

When I was younger I wanted to be a solicitor. Now, eight years and two kids later, I’m contemplating doing my Bachelor of Laws.

Well, that was once I got over my infatuation with being the pink power ranger, of course….

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Belinda February 14, 2012 - 6:47 AM

Thank you for the link…I currently work full time and like you want to learn web design so that I can go from working full time to partime so I can spend time with my kids.

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Michelle Stedman February 14, 2012 - 6:48 AM

I wanted to run a hotel, went to uni for three years, walked straight out into my chosen job and left it after two years because I never saw my husband… I now dream of writing whilst being at home looking after the family… Maybe one day it’ll happen 🙂

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Belinda February 14, 2012 - 6:51 AM

I wanted to be a mum and be able to work from home…. So far I am a mum but I do now work from home yet.

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Sarah Spencer-Mathews on Facebook February 14, 2012 - 7:03 AM

That’s great Katrina. You have done a great job with this blog. Where did you learn how to set it up? Did you find a short course on website design? I couldn’t see one on Seek.

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Katrina February 14, 2012 - 7:34 AM

This would be fantastic, would love the opportunity to do some study this year

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Sparkle1983 February 14, 2012 - 7:38 AM

I always wanted to be a wife and mother for as long as i could remember, I love caring for people, cooking, creating things and Teaching so what a perfect way to do all of this than to be a mother to my two beautiful kids and my amazing husband who works very hard so i can continue to be in my perfect job and raise our children.

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Nichole Emery on Facebook February 14, 2012 - 7:46 AM

My little man is three and a half and I’m about to start my 3rd year at uni. I study on campus full time and have only ever done two or three days a week, no more than if I’d gone back to work part time. I do spend most evenings after his bedtime studying and when assignments are due my (full time working) hubby will take our son out for some daddy/son playtime on the weekend. It’s win win, they get special time together and I get time to study. It can be done, it’s all about organisation!! :0)

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Samy_savva February 14, 2012 - 7:57 AM

I have always wanted to be a Primary School teacher. However I have never had the guts to go to University. Now with an almost 4yr old I think it is about time I start to look at my future and decide what I WANT.

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Jan February 14, 2012 - 7:57 AM

this year i am about to finish my final year of my psychology degree. i started my career change before having children then left the workforce and put my study on hold for 4 years. it has taken me 12 years (including a 4 year break) but i have managed to almost complete my studies while having young children. the house is far from perfect and i have had to accept that but the kids are fed and happy and i am pursuing my dream. it can be done!

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Karen_anne February 14, 2012 - 8:10 AM

I always wanted to be a hairdresser from as far back as i can remember. My parents gave me no option but to go to TAFE and do a secretarial course. I became a legal secretary and was secretary to Managing Parter of a mid sized Sydney firm which I loved. Then 18 1/2 years ago I had my daughter, followed by 4 boys, the youngest is now 4 1/2 and it’s his last year at home. My daugher is in her 3rd year of a Hairdressing apprenticeship! I have been seriously considering getting an apprenticeship next year once the little one goes to school and becoming a hairdresser so my daughter and I can one day own our own salon!

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guest February 14, 2012 - 8:43 AM

I always wanted to be a mother and stay home and look after my children. I now have 5 children but unfortunately have now been working for the past 23 years. Maybe I might be a stay at home grandmother – here’s hoping

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Melissa Williams February 14, 2012 - 8:58 AM

I am looking forward to attempting to re-enter the workforce in the middle of the year. My middle child is starting school and the youngest is happy to be at childcare so I really feel that the time is right. Fingers crossed!

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Tammy February 14, 2012 - 9:10 AM

I always wanted to be a librarian as I’m such a big book worm. Ended up being an Office Coordinator which I loved even more as I loooove to coordinate!

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Sarah February 14, 2012 - 9:26 AM

I wanted to be either a travel agent or a physio. I ended up being an acrobat!
Now that I have a little boy and a baby on the way, I have had a career change and have my own face painting and make up business, love it!!!

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Mummytiff1988 February 14, 2012 - 9:53 AM

I always wanted to be a lawyer! I couldn’t imagine anything worse now as I would love to have my own cafe 😀 Either that or a princess still lol

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Tia February 14, 2012 - 9:56 AM

When I was younger I wanted to be a teacher. But have changed my mind and plan on study to be a teacher’s aide instead

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Tellie C February 14, 2012 - 10:10 AM

I always wanted to be a Mother and I always wanted to Adopt! – that was my ‘job choice’ as a very young child, oilder child and teenager. I now have 4 Children, 1 of which is mine and the other 3 I foster, and Im 24 years old. Before that I worked in childcare and worked everyday during highschool! I havent worked in almost 2 years, but being at home with all of my Children is the Job I always wanted and was always the Job for me!

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Kanton68 February 14, 2012 - 10:51 AM

I am currently a director in a Community Bank company and my desire is to further my learning with marketing/advertising and media this would help promote the community benefits and community strengthening that are available by supporting local businesses. I’m currently looking into options to help achieve these goals.

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Michelle Rayner February 14, 2012 - 12:09 PM

What did I want to be when I was younger? Wow … I wanted badly, very badly, to be a vet. I even picked all my subjects for Year 11 and 12 based on the tertiary requirements I would need. And THEN I went and did work experience in a vet surgery. Well. After almost passing out during one operation, and bawling my eyes out after work on another day due to watching a cat be put to sleep, I kind of figured perhaps it wasn’t the right career choice for me!

The funny thing is that my almost 7 year old daughter now wants to be a vet / dolphin trainer (both, not just one). Trying to be encouraging, but I can see her soft spot for animals will leave her feeling the same as me 🙂

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Trina February 14, 2012 - 12:12 PM

I wanted to be a journalist but didn’t quite get into uni. Meet my partner and had the kids and was quite happy staying at home until I had an unexpected pregnancy that miscarried. This caused me to think about what I really wanted to do and that was to be a teacher. So when my kids were 6 & 8 I went back to uni full time. Hard work but well worth it. If it’s something you want to do then make it happen.

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Rowena February 14, 2012 - 12:23 PM

A designer- I have no idea what I will do now though!

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Melissab February 14, 2012 - 12:40 PM

I wanted to be a forensic scientist. I got almost all the way through my science degree, had my kids and found I could no longer stomach that sort of thing!!
I’m full time at home with 4 kids and still don’t quite know what I want to be when I grow up…..

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Kirsty Ross-Bell February 14, 2012 - 1:48 PM

I wanted to be a chef and ended up a home ec teacher, close but will never get to be famous

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Annaleis Topham February 14, 2012 - 3:09 PM

I wanted to be a teacher…I did that but think there is something else I might like to do…just not sure what!

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Alyce February 14, 2012 - 3:57 PM

When I was younger, I wanted to be a teacher. Then a nurse, a marketing person, then back to a teacher. Now I’m studying my Masters in Gifted Education part-time while being a SAHM. Who knows what I’ll do once the kids are at school. I know I don’t want to do anything full-time so I can still be available for the kids, so who knows?!

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Belinda February 14, 2012 - 6:54 PM

I am a teacher looking to start doing my masters part time so I can be a teacher librarian, but I am scared of the workload, plus my academic writing is not so good. Good luck to you

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Ben Teoh February 14, 2012 - 4:02 PM

I wanted to be a stuntman… that’s not going to happen. Haha!

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Louise February 14, 2012 - 7:51 PM

I wanted to be a fighter pilot! Probably too late for that now!

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jodie.moss February 14, 2012 - 8:07 PM

i wanted to be a nurse and a mummy and im now both

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Wendy brookes February 14, 2012 - 10:25 PM

I was only just saying this tonight, I want to go back to work but not what I was doing before I had kids, but what to do, where to start, when will I have the time, this would be perfect!!! 🙂

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T C February 15, 2012 - 6:02 AM

I am still young i like to think 21 . I am currently studying to be a biotechnologist . i want to help women who cant conceive children. As i am more than likely going to end up one those ladies due to what doctors have said to me . Thank god my partner has children so i can experience some kind of parenting so I don’t feel like I miss out too much .

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Mandy Seeger February 15, 2012 - 7:16 AM

I really want to write my own recipe book..I’ll get there one day.

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Kate February 15, 2012 - 7:43 AM

I don’t think I was ever sure what I wanted to be. My answers always changed depending on what my friends wanted to be, what book I had been reading or what TV show I had just watched.

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Anonymous February 15, 2012 - 8:43 AM

As a mum who has been lucky enough to be able to stay at home with her kids I haven’t given much thought to this subject. I’ve been getting asked a lot lately what will you do when they go to school? I really don’t know yet what I would like to do, so this is a great idea to get me thinking about it and perhaps preparing for that day which is coming sooner than I would like!

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Bec S February 15, 2012 - 9:38 AM

I wanted to be a dress designer when i was younger – turned out I didn’t have any talent! Then I wanted to be a pharmacist – but year 12 physics was a pre-requisit for getting into uni – and I hated physics – so there goes that dream too!

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Lisa Warren February 15, 2012 - 11:23 AM

I really wanted to be a sound engineer…producing records and touring the world with awesome bands! I had work experience lined up to work with The Church, and totally chickened out. Wonder what might have been if I’d faith in myself…

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Nadine February 15, 2012 - 11:27 AM

I wanted to be a stockbroker and completely stuffed up my work eperience long sotry but im so glad i didn’t go down that route- especially given the state of the finance industry today!

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Eleise Bott February 15, 2012 - 11:36 AM

I wanted to wear a suit to work in the city! I got there as a corporate and hated it! Much happier helping people now and enjoying my job and life!

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Blundermum February 15, 2012 - 12:23 PM

A lawyer. Standing up in court and arguing. Pity I’ve never liked arguing or public speaking.

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Posie Patchwork February 15, 2012 - 1:06 PM

Ha, i was a pharmacolgoist working in chemistry for a huge oil company. I only worked for 2 years between having my first, straight after 2 science degrees, & having twins. Funny thing about twins – i didn’t want to express for 2 or be a working mother of 3, so very happy to slide away from the workforce, even if i was only 26.
In the 11 years since, i’ve got an 8 year old & ZERO desire to ever resume the workforce, not now my eldest is in year 8, high school is super invovled & my hsuband is constantly away, i’m the only constant parent & to 4 children, i have to be full time, plus sports on weekends, i love it. We’re organising a life in the country & keeping the children in city private schools, so i never have to work (no mortgage).
Very different to playing with drugs all day – my children never got sick, so my skills were useless. The psych degree has come in handy though. Love Posie

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Kiara February 15, 2012 - 2:33 PM

I wanted to be a dolphin trainer…didn’t happen but now my daughter wants to do the same thing so will do all in my power to help her fulfill her dreams!!! 🙂

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Misty February 15, 2012 - 3:01 PM

I always wanted to be an Airline Hostess for as long as I can remember…. When I got a little bit older I wanted to work with animals (Zoo Keeper or Vet something along those lines) I even got to do work experience at the Perth Zoo when I was 15! Then a little later I was interested in being either a Customs Officer or joining the Navy/Air Force…. Even though I would still love to do any of those jobs – I am far far away from all of them 🙂 For the last 10 years I have worked in the Banking/Financial Industry!!! Its funny how life takes its twists and turns 🙂

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Catherine February 15, 2012 - 7:13 PM

I have have always been creative and I also love to have things around me sorted and in order. In high school two of my subjects were art and accounting. I clearly remember one teached saying that it was odd for a student to love both art and accounting as artistic people are naturally messy and people in accounting strive for neatness and order! I was so offended and I have spent the rest of my life proving him wrong. I would love to study interior designing……artistic and orderly!!

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Natalie February 15, 2012 - 9:03 PM

There are so many options available these days. I love that we can always find ways to improve ourselves 🙂

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Cathy H February 15, 2012 - 9:12 PM

I wanted to be a vet, as I love animals. However, I know I would get too attached and take it personally if I couldn’t help them.

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Sandra B February 15, 2012 - 9:20 PM

I wanted to be a photographer but with limited money, i couldn’t get into uni or afford a great camera so life got in the way of me doing what i love. now i think it would be too competitive to actually do it for a career….but i still love it

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Cass February 15, 2012 - 9:52 PM

I always wanted to be a teacher and a mother. I managed the mother bit, but the teacher bit never panned out.

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kmarree February 15, 2012 - 9:57 PM

I always wanted to be a Nanny, I finished high school and proceeded to accomplish this dream and who would have thought that to this day I would be running my own nanny agency. It hasn’t been that way all the way, I also have a diploma in in Tourism Management and have worked in resorts and PA’d in corporate offices. My beautiful children have been my biggest inspiration to my dream 🙂

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Cathy February 16, 2012 - 6:46 AM

I am just about to start part time study externally, scary after not studying for 15 years. I also work 10 random hours a week and have a 2 yr old and a partner who works away. I know I’m going to have to be super organised. Would love to hear any tips and study plans that have worked.

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Kris February 16, 2012 - 8:50 AM

I always wanted to work in a library. I graduated with a diploma of library information services at the end of 2010. Learning is lifelong.

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Amy Wallis February 16, 2012 - 10:56 AM

You have just made my day! After being out of the workforce for a couple of years due to a psychological injury, i have been cleared to go back and i am raring to go! However hubby and I are planning our first baby (he has 3 gorgeous boys from his first marriage) and we have 50/50.
I have been racking my brain as to where to look, uni, tafe etc but i just found everything that was in my head on seeklearning. Thank you so much!

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Gayemurphy February 16, 2012 - 12:45 PM

As a teen, I wanted to become a Dr.. it didn’t happen, life did, but recently after reading an article in a periodical, it started to get into my head again… So I’m now in the process of applying for an undergraduate degree… (as a mature aged student going back to study is going to be quite a challenge!)

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Goingkookies February 16, 2012 - 10:00 PM

When I was young growing up, I wanted to be a writer… pen novels after novels. But till now, I’ve yet to write even a chapter. Find it a struggle to put emotions, descriptions into words.. silly. And I would love to be a photographer and capture moments to last a lifetime but the technical aspects always confound me.

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home&hobbies February 17, 2012 - 3:56 PM

This resonated with me a lot, thankyou! I did business studies at school, with the aim of working in an office until I became an air hostess. But I stayed working as a secretary for the next 20 years! Some mindnumblingly boring stuff sometimes, but most of the time a really good career. I had a few permanent jobs, but preferred temping. I worked for some amazing companies – advertising, medical, legal, oil exploration, banks, government. One job I had my own office with harbour views! Some secretaries end up doing really well, especially P.A.’s. And as an Aussie secretary in Britain in the 90’s I had no problem getting well-paid positions which enabled my dream of living & working overseas to come true, & funded my travels around the world. Now after 9 years as a sahm I have been looking to get back into it, but it is hard, especially at my age and being out of it so long.

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Raelenenoble February 17, 2012 - 5:17 PM

I have always worked in an office of one type or another. I’m currently not working and have been pondering a career change. Maybe an online business of some sort, but where do I start and what could I sell?

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Alieshacarol February 17, 2012 - 8:17 PM

I have always wanted to be an Interior Designer!!

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Sharna Booth Weinrowski February 20, 2012 - 9:29 PM

I always wanted to be a stylist…. now i style my 3 year old!

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Mick February 20, 2012 - 9:30 PM

Wanted to be an Archaeologist – boy messed up on that one

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Renee Franks February 20, 2012 - 9:31 PM

All I wanted to be was a mum, and I am! But my husband and I are also small business owners, to enable us to both be home with our kids while they are young. It’s a struggle, and once they are both in school I will be returning to school as well to be able to do more for our business. At least now I know where to start looking! 🙂

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Michelle Waixel February 20, 2012 - 9:31 PM

I wanted to be a hairdresser, then an accountant, then a travel consultant.

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Katrina Redcliffe February 20, 2012 - 9:32 PM

I would love to work as an allied health assistant

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grantbard February 20, 2012 - 9:34 PM

I wanted to be like my Dad, working in a office of some type.

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Sally February 20, 2012 - 9:34 PM

I’m currently going through the ‘thinking” about studying/looking for a job. My youngest has just started at kindy 2 days a week, and I’m hoping this year will be a bit a a gap-year for me before starting back at work this year. I wont be returning to my pre-kids shift work career, so need to find something else.
I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger, and am now thinking education assistant…but still thinking.

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Jen_l_lee February 20, 2012 - 9:35 PM

I am about to head into my 2nd year of a Bachelor of Education. I realised I was spending all of my time and energy on my children, but I was only living in the now. I decided that I had to do something for myself which was focused on the future. I needed to do something that was going to benefit my whole family as well as enrich my life as my own person. It is hard to remember that we aren’t just MUM or WIFE.. we are still the same person we always have been and this needs to be nurtured as well 🙂 Any one considering study for a future career or just to satisfy some internal desire.. I say go for it!!

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Alicia Pavlovich February 20, 2012 - 9:35 PM

Have always wanted to be a Police Officer. I sent my application in recently.

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Sally February 20, 2012 - 9:36 PM

When I was little I always wanted to be a waitress lol but now I couldn’t think of anything worse. I’m a stay at home mum and really that’s living the dream for me. I would like to study fitness and nutritional and find a job in that industry when my kids start school

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Begen Norris February 20, 2012 - 9:37 PM

I am just like you! I ALWAYS wanted to be a secretary but was always told to “aim higher”. I am now a secretary in an accounting firm in the suburbs, but being in the suburbs, it’s minimum wage. I’ve been looking at doing a medical terminology course through TAFE so that I can apply at hospitals and earn just a bit more money..after baby #2 is born!

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Amelia Lawrence February 20, 2012 - 9:37 PM

i always wanted to be a kindy teacher!!

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Morgan Marriott February 20, 2012 - 9:37 PM

I wanted to be an interior designer. Then just before I left high school I was a qualified Real Estate agent & now studying Bachelor of Education (Primary). Im really looking forward to becoming a school teacher! 🙂

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Keira February 20, 2012 - 9:40 PM

We have a close family group of friends, the father of which drives an earth moving bacco, all I ever wanted to be like was like uncle Johnny I even had a replica bacco n would play for hrs with it in the sand Pitt! I have ended up being a hairdresser instead amazing how things change!!

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Erin February 20, 2012 - 9:41 PM

I don’t know how I missed this until now, but anyway….
When I was a little girl I wanted to be a nurse because I liked looking after people and thought I’d therefore make a good nurse. Then I found out that I might have to see blood and decided against it!

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Tracy Williams February 20, 2012 - 9:42 PM

I always wanted to own my own business and be successful!

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Sue Bou February 20, 2012 - 9:43 PM

Lol, same as Morgan, I wanted to be an interior designer. I had it all worked out…. then my parents moved to another state & I definitely didn’t want to be there…. decided to do a rebel thing & dropped out of school. Who knew I was only wrecking things for myself, sigh. Many years on & I’ve got a Dip in Business, not as colourful but it pays the bills.

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Simone Valentine February 20, 2012 - 9:43 PM

I always wanted to be a police officer, however events in my life changed my path & i am very happy as a makeup artist, but am definately looking into further study.

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Jess mccarthy February 20, 2012 - 9:44 PM

I always wanted to be a mum and a foster mum so i could give kids who needed it a home where they would be loved.

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Judi Adams February 20, 2012 - 9:45 PM

Ha ha I wanted to be a historian but there was no money,
In that career choice for me,
Happy now just to be,
Employed gainfully.

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Katie S February 20, 2012 - 9:45 PM

I always wanted to write childrens books! I have a wild, wonderful imagination and my mum and sister are amazing drawers, i would use them to do the pics… Also i would love to be a interior decorator! But never knew how to start it off!

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tmum February 20, 2012 - 9:46 PM

I always wanted to be a marine biologist then i did a degree in hospitality management then went onto conveyancing then banking now i have to find something new as i am being made redundant

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Joanne Wilson February 20, 2012 - 9:46 PM

I always wanted to be a teacher or child care worker. This was until I had children of my own. I am a stay at home mum and are happy to help out close friends by looking after their young children now that my boys are teenagers but I couldn’t do it full time. It may change once they are in University and/or working themselves but I still have about 6 years to make decisions!

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Holly Sheldon February 20, 2012 - 9:48 PM

ohhh sooo many things Id like to study

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Missaliant February 20, 2012 - 9:50 PM

I wanted to be anything that my big brother wanted to be, but then I decided I wanted to be an air hostess, cause you got to fly everywhere for free..lol

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Holly Sheldon February 20, 2012 - 9:50 PM

I wanted to be a vet, an aeronautical engineer or an actress – quite diverse choices, now I am a mum, with 2 online businesses, lots of hobbies and when Im not on mat leave an job in HR…who would have thought

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mogy37 February 20, 2012 - 9:53 PM

When I was younger I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, OMG now I have my own kids there is no way I would want to work with a class full of them each day!!

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Annette Hill February 20, 2012 - 9:56 PM

I wanted to be a teacher but went to secretarial college and 25 years later I still love administration work!! I love things to be organised, correct, neat and finished. I live helping others excel and finding typos nobody else finds.

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Yvette Pointon February 20, 2012 - 10:01 PM

I did the the Diploma of Office Administration too!! I think back now and wonder who ever thought up the idea for ‘how to organise a filing cabinet’.. I always thought it was common sense.. but there were some girls in my class that had never turned on a computer.. it was something that I excelled at and did as a career all through my 10 years before children! Now I am ready to go back to work… and really don’t want to be an office chick again.. I want to do something a little different.. Perhaps be a bee keeper.. I wonder if you can do that in the ‘burbs;.. THanks for the seek-learn I never knew that and now on a big search for my next career path! They always say that when you turn 30 you find yourself a new direction!! Its my time!

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Yvette Pointon February 20, 2012 - 10:03 PM

I always wanted to be an Office Manager! 🙂

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Heatherw February 20, 2012 - 10:03 PM

I work Part-time, and I am lucky that my job is very flexible, allowing me to be there for the children. It’s a tough, and very personal, decision to make.. Good luck

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Michelle February 20, 2012 - 10:05 PM

When I was young I wanted to be a chef and follow in the footsteps of 3 generations of women behind me. Spent all of my schooling towards it and when I was in my early 20s realised that it is NOT for me 🙁
Took a massive leap and headed to office work (after dabbling in many hospitality areas and then retail) and loved it. When I was pregnant with my daughter I had many complications and had to leave work early and ended up not even being able to walk into my workplace (superannuation dealing with deaths and illness) without a panic attack.
Have since had another child and have developed physical health issues and really have no idea of what im able to do as well as not knowing what skills are still viable.
I still live with the hope that one day I will be able to work again and now my baby is 5 and at school full time im really feeling quite lost.
well that’s my “why I want to win” story 😀

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Heatherw February 20, 2012 - 10:05 PM

I always wanted to be a teacher when I was little….probably because teachers were one of our first role models…would have been perfect in hindsight now… Wkg school hrs and school holidays.

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Jem81_au February 20, 2012 - 10:11 PM

I wanted to be an actress!!!!!!!!

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Jen February 20, 2012 - 10:12 PM

I wanted to be a nurse, teacher or especially librarian. I started nursing at uni, swapped to teaching and enjoyed some time doing that. I would love to be a librarian being surrounded by books all day …. Hmmmm just one problem …. I’m really bad at contacting books!!!

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Megan Vuzem February 20, 2012 - 10:15 PM

It was a pharmacist and a marine biologist i never got anywhere near them lol. i am now going to do a course to be a teacher aide so i can work school hours and be home with the kids when school is over and on holidays

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Annette burns February 20, 2012 - 10:17 PM

I wanted to be a teacher for prep or junior primary kids.

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Hannah Nix February 20, 2012 - 10:18 PM

I wanted to be a scientist, and then a writer…now im studying to be a nurse lol!

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Pennie McArthur February 20, 2012 - 10:21 PM

I always wanted to be a teacher. I would set up my blackboard and teach my dolls different subjects. Now I am a single mum of 4 kids under 4 and I am halfway through my Bachelor of Education which i started right after my twins were born! Crazy I know, but it can be done… I was working 2 days a week also but was made redundant(blessing in disguise).

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CathyB February 20, 2012 - 10:22 PM

I wanted to be a shopkeeper, so I could press the buttons. When I was finally old enough to be a check out chick in high school, they moved to scanners. i felt so ripped off!

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Tuesday February 20, 2012 - 10:28 PM

I wanted to be a paediatrician. Didn’t even come close! =)

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Del February 20, 2012 - 10:56 PM

I wanted to help people in some way so i became a nurse and just last year after having my daughter, i completed my post grad in paediatric nursing. Juggling school, a new baby and house work was fun and I made it happen and got it done with high distinctions and a lot of support from my partner.

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Officegirlj February 20, 2012 - 11:01 PM

I was going to be a Hair Dresser. Work experience for 2 weeks was not really what I expected. 🙂

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Mel February 20, 2012 - 11:12 PM

I always wanted to be a teacher, am currently studying to be one!

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Kelli Stevens February 21, 2012 - 1:14 AM

I have recently decided to study midwifery after my children have all began at school. Fingers crossed we have the money then, hehe,

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Kelli Stevens February 21, 2012 - 1:16 AM

When I was growing up I only ever wanted to be a mummy and I am doing that, so it’s a big deal for me to finally have some career aspirations. 🙂

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Louise February 21, 2012 - 7:37 AM

I wanted to be an artist when I was younger!

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Tegan February 21, 2012 - 8:10 AM

I wanted to be a vet nurse, did it, loved it but missed working with people. I then worked in admin and accounts and loved it, but left when I had kids.
I now have 2 under 18 months and am studying to be a child care worker – something I can do while I have my babies and beyond 🙂

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Billie Mac February 21, 2012 - 12:40 PM

I have just found out the University near me offers a bachelor of Education online. I am so excited to be able to finish my Education degree and not have to sacrifice time with my little boys.

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Krystle February 21, 2012 - 12:50 PM

I have been working as a photographer (self taught) for the past 3 years and am excited to start studying online this year to have a certificate behind me 🙂

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