This is a question I’ve been asking not only myself but my husband on a constant basis over the last few weeks.
We’ve been in San Diego 2 months and I still don’t have a job. Not because I don’t want to but because California is strict on their medical field requirements.
I am a nationally certified phlebotomist and you’d think that would be enough. No state requires you to be certified they just want proof you passed the class. I on the other hand wanted to be at a higher standard so I got nationally certified. However, California and New York are two states unlike the rest. They don’t care if you’re nationally certified. They want you to be state certified specifically for their state. I find this to be ridiculous if I’m already nationally certifide why should I then get state certified for a state I may not be in very long.
I just spent tons of money for the class and my national certificate that I don’t want to then she’ll out tons of money for a state my husband and I don’t want to stay in our whole life. Let alone the fact he’s in the military and we not even be here longer than a year. Not only do I pay for the certification California wants you to spend roughly 400$ to take a 4 day class before you can even take the certification exam. So this means I put my medical career on the hold.
All that’s fine I’m okay with waiting till we move agin. So people might ask why not get a different job. Like Lifeguarding or being a waitress both things I am qualified to do. My answer is I’ve been a lifeguard for 10 or so years and I’m tired of it. As for being a waitress it was one of those been there done that never going back kind of jobs.
So then came the question of do I really need to work. We are gone in 8 months roughly do I need to work for that time frame? The answe from my husband was no you don’t need to work nor do you ever have to if you don’t want to.
That bothered me. I never have to work? So I’d turn into THAT military wife that never works. Now don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with military wives staying at home. I’ve just always thought if they were staying home it’s because they had children. Not because they just didn’t have to or want to work.
So after a long decision process and talking with my husband I decided I would look into babysitting with care.com on an occasional basis. This way I can bring in extra money to put into our save every once in a while and I can get out of the house. This also helps me feel like I’m needed as more than a cleaning person or cook. It makes me feel like I’m contributing to our finances even if it’s only a little.
I also decided I wanted to find a place to volunteer with children so if you know of good places in San Diego with children let me know!
Now this is just our plan for California living. Every new location means a new plan of action.