How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Martin Your Own Question

Martin
Martin, Engineer
Category: Social Security
Satisfied Customers: 4468
Experience:  i'm 41 and i never stopped studying and experimenting
14666028
Type Your Question Here...
Martin is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My wife has run a certified in-home day care center for over

Customer Question

My wife has run a certified in-home day care center for over 10 years from our house. She's tired of it and would like to get another job, but she's been out of the job market for long time and doesn't know where to begin. She's applied for a position at the public library multiple times working with small kids within the library. It seemed like a natural fit but it hasn't worked out. My wife has a Master's and Phd. in developmental psych. She's done research at U of Md. Hospital on infants with Failure to Thrive. She's basically looking for a job helping people and has modest financial requirements (we're basically looking not to take a pay cut - she grosses about 40K/ 18K after expenses). We haven't been able to find anyone to actually discuss her situation with who does career counseling. Who can help?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Martin replied 2 years ago.
Hello. Changing job is never easy, especially after 10 years.

She could become a teacher or an at home tutor. I could see her work at companies human resources department.

Perhaps she have others interest that she would like to pursuit in totally different field.
Martin, Engineer
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 4468
Experience: i'm 41 and i never stopped studying and experimenting
Martin and 102 other General Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
She needs a transition strategy that covers a couple of things. Figuring out what she may be qualified for in the non profit area given her background, figuring out how and where to find these positions in our area, figuring out how to best describe and market her daycare experienceto her best advantage.
Expert:  YouthLibrarian replied 2 years ago.
Hi. I'm not sure where you guys are living, but I think the first place she should start is to contact a university, like the University of Maryland, and ask if they offer career counseling for anyone (not just students). The University of Maryland does -- and since she already has a relationship with the school, maybe she can get a discount on their services.

http://www.counseling.umd.edu/Services/cslgsvces-comm.htm

Of course, if you don't live in Maryland anymore, you should try a university near where you live.

In my county, the local unemployment office has a partnership with career counselors. In fact, if you want unemployment checks, you must visit these counselors. See if your county has the same type of arrangement. These services are often free.

As for being a librarian, in most states you need a master's degree to work in as a librarian (even a children's librarian). If she were interested in that, she could get a second master's. That's probably the only way she'd get her foot in the door at a public library. (Although once she has her two master's and a PhD, she could easily be an academic librarian too!)

In most states, too, you need a master's degree (with at least one degree in education) to be a teacher in a public school. However, that's usually not the case for parochial schools -- so that's an avenue she can try. Still, I think they would be looking for someone with a degree (bachelor's or higher) in education.

She has tons of experience, but it seems she is looking for a career change. In that case, she should probably start by visiting a local university first. She will, as you've noted already, probably need help in learning how to re-package her current skill set and acquire any new skills that may be necessary.

If you'd like more help, please write back and I'll see what I can find for you in your area.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanks for your advice. I called University of Maryland, and their career counseling services focus only on figuring out what you like and what you are good at. No job placement services. I think I need to be able to identify agencies and environments that hire people like me. I would also need to update my resume and interviewing skills, since it's been a while. If you have any ideas on these areas, that would be great.

Expert:  YouthLibrarian replied 2 years ago.
Hi. It's a shame the University wasn't more helpful.

As for the resume, start by going to your local public library. See what books they have on resumes and interviews. While you're there, ask the librarian if they subscribe to any career databases. I'm not talking solely about job sites, but rather about sites that help you look for a job. At my library, we subscribe to sites like Job Now and Tutor.com, which have online assistance for job-hunting.

Also check out the site called Work Bloom, which can help you with cover letters and the like.
http://workbloom.com/

Actually, let me show you my library's job and career page. You won't be able to use all the items there if you don't live in our district, but you can use some of them.

http://www.malvernelibrary.org/job-career

I hope that helps.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
< Last | Next >
  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
  • I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight. Bonnie Chesnee, SC
  • Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation. John Minneapolis, MN
  • Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with. Orville Hesperia, California
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • dylatess

    ATTORNEY

    Satisfied Customers:

    3373
    37 plus years of SSD practice
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DY/Dylatess/2012-9-11_1968_BHBTemplePhoto.64x64.jpg dylatess's Avatar

    dylatess

    ATTORNEY

    Satisfied Customers:

    3373
    37 plus years of SSD practice
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/LA/LawTalk/2012-6-6_17379_LawTalk.64x64.JPG LawTalk's Avatar

    LawTalk

    Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    1415
    I have 30 years of legal and litigation experience, including representing clients before the U.S. Social Security Administration.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/fastfile/2011-12-15_23139_Klein2011small.64x64.jpg R. Klein, EA's Avatar

    R. Klein, EA

    Accountant

    Satisfied Customers:

    323
    Tax & Social Security Benefits specialist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/dkaplun/2009-05-17_173121_headshot_1_2.jpg Dimitry K., Esq.'s Avatar

    Dimitry K., Esq.

    Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    215
    Licensed in multiple jurisdictions, experienced business attorney.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CU/Cuttinggirl/2011-10-29_03719_wcrop2.64x64.jpg Wendy Reed's Avatar

    Wendy Reed

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    83
    15+ years assisting tax clients with taxation and eligibility of Social Security Benefits.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AR/arubin9/2012-2-4_42617_ArthurRubinedit.64x64.jpg Arthur Rubin's Avatar

    Arthur Rubin

    Tax Preparer

    Satisfied Customers:

    70
    Over 20 years experience in tax preparation, including some multi-national Social Security applications.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/OZ/ozaukeecpa/2012-6-7_193219_Picture1croppedandshrunk.64x64.jpg MequonCPA's Avatar

    MequonCPA

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Satisfied Customers:

    39
    CPA w/Masters in Tax. 30+ years experience.
 
 
 
Chat Now With An Expert
Martin
Martin
Electrical engineer
723 Satisfied Customers
i'm 41 and i never stopped studying and experimenting