I am twenty six years old and a single mother to a vivacious eight year old. I have an Associate’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies with minors in Psychology, Sociology, and English. I recently gained employment at a finance company (nothing at all related to my previous experience or major) but the hours (9a-7p or 9a-8p) will conflict with me not only getting my daughter after school and to her extra curricular activities but it will also ensure that I see little to none of my daughter throughout the week. The jobs that I’m presented with are mostly low paying jobs. I don’t mind an entry level position but I did not go to school just to only be “qualified” to work at fast food places and/or institutions that don’t require degrees. I am looking for employment possibly out of state since the opportunities in Mississippi are normally granted to people who know somebody who knows somebody. I had to accept the position since I lost my job at the beginning of the summer and we have been living solely off of my savings which have gotten rather thin. I’m stressed and beyond discouraged at this point. I keep hearing that I’m young and I’ve got time to “figure it out”. Since I have a growing girl looking up to me, I couldn’t disagree with that statement more. I feel as if I am failing her right before her eyes. I need advice and any resources that someone can give pertaining to flexible jobs for single parents, jobs that would be a perfect fit within my educational field, tips on relocating, and ways to stay sane and how to keep it together when everything seems to be falling apart. I just need help and someone to talk to.
Wildly discouraged mama who needs help and sunshine.