Returning to the Workforce in Midlife

Our journey has changed again, and we decided to quit traveling so we could settle down and buy a house. In order to do this, I must go back to work, but I’m finding it difficult to find employment at this stage of my life.

EDUCATION

I have a master’s degree which I think helps and hurts me. It hurts me in some jobs I apply for as people think I’m overqualified and they do not give me the time of day as they don’t think I want to work for less pay than I’m worth. What they don’t understand is regardless of my education and background, I still need a job and sometimes we must take jobs that we might be overqualified for, so we can work.

EXPERIENCE

I have over 10 year’s experience working in financial industry jobs involving mortgage companies including processing and closing mortgage loans. My experience consists of both sides in regard to working with title companies and mortgage companies. I feel this gives me an upper hand as I have seen the process on both sides. I also have over five year’s experience working in accounting positions doing everything from account payables, account receivables, journal entries, general ledgers, reconciliations and more.

MIDLIFE

I’ve had a few interviews and I feel my age screams, “don’t hire her!” On the flip side I’m not so sure it’s my age as the fact that I don’t currently have a job, which has always frustrated me when trying to find employment that employers would rather hire someone who is currently working. I have a good excuse for not working currently and I don’t think that should be used against me. I still have all my experience and I still know how to work regardless of not having had a steady job for the past three years. I just need someone to give me a break and give me a shot.

FUTURE

I won’t be giving up anytime soon as I have goals and dreams and one of those is to own a house again and we will have our house no matter how long it takes to fulfill our goal.

One of My Favorite Pastimes

CHILDHOOD READS

There is one thing I like to do to fill my time and that is to read. I’ve always had a love for reading even as a young girl. I can still remember the first book that I ever read as a young girl, “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret,” by Judy Blume. I can still remember what the book was about and one of the funniest lines from the book was, “we must, we must, we must increase our bust.” As I got older and got teased for having big boobs, I remember blaming it on this book because all my friends and I use to recite the sentiment and do the motions it talked about in the book. It’s good to reminisce about the good old days and think back to times when you were a child and laugh at yourself.

DEALING WITH DEPRESSION

The most recent book I read was, “Natural Disaster, I Cover Them and I Am One,” by Ginger Zee. I’ve been a fan of Ginger’s for several years and after reading her book, I feel somewhat connected to her. She shares a lot of personal information in her book, but the thing that really stood out to me was her battle with depression. Over the past couple years, I’ve been dealing with my own depression and finally found a doctor who took me serious and prescribed something to help make me better. People who really know me, know I’m not one to take meds, so it took a lot for me to reach out for help and actually take what was prescribed. If your having your own issues, please seek help from a professional so you can find relief like so many others before you. You are not in this alone by no means.

KINDLE

My kindle is full of many books that I have bought and/or downloaded for free over many years that I have still not read. I use to read one book after the other, then for some reason I lost the passion for it. I want to find my passion for reading again and have stated that 2018 will be my year to read as many books as I possibly can. It’s a great way to pass the time and I seem to have a lot of that here lately so it’s time to choose an old book and start reading.

What are some of your favorite reads? Please share in the comments below what your favorites are and it might just be something I read before the year is over.

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