SLPs- Career Change Advice

I've posted before about my job and how poorly preschool providers are compensated in my area. I applied for a program director position and while I got a second interview, I did not get the job (I think because I have kids and am a woman although I cannot be sure- some if the questions one of the board members asked me led me to believe that though). That said, I've thought about what I would need for a salary for a job that had no flexibility in terms of working from home/ flexing my time for school events, etc., and it won't happen in this area. I'm thinking that while I love my job, I'm not happy with the constant struggle to afford basics and that what I need is a job that will pay the bills. I want to work per diem in a nursing home (I won't be losing much in terms of benefits, my benefits package is not great). I haven't worked with adults in 14 years though. I can work 3 days a week at nearly double my current pay . I know I have the skills, I'm doing a CPR class and a couple of conferences to refresh, and I have a resume with a more clinical rather than educational focus, My question is, how do I present the rationale for the change in career trajectory in my cover letter? Thanks.
I would focus more on the skills and expertise you would bring to the job, not on the reason for wanting to change tracks. It sounds like it's not a complete career change anyway, just switching from working with preschoolers to adults.

I just wanted to add that my preschool son has been receiving speech therapy for the past year, and the providers do such a wonderful job and care so much about their clients. It's shameful that it pays so poorly.
How do they know you have kids?
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How do they know you have kids?
Originally Posted by Amneris
They asked me in the interview how old my kids are. They then proceeded to talk about how work and home need to be completely separate (odd, since the board members are parents of disabled adults). I really resent the expectation that my own children do not matter and their needs cpome second to the needs of other people's children. It seems more and more prevalent in my field.
I would focus more on the skills and expertise you would bring to the job, not on the reason for wanting to change tracks. It sounds like it's not a complete career change anyway, just switching from working with preschoolers to adults.

I just wanted to add that my preschool son has been receiving speech therapy for the past year, and the providers do such a wonderful job and care so much about their clients. It's shameful that it pays so poorly.
Originally Posted by sarah42
I love the kids I work with and I enjoy it. It used to pay ok, but it's been stagnant for 5 years and 5 years ago, I had to take a substantial pay cut. It's just too hard to keep going on like this. I hated the idea of leaving it until I started to think about maybe just needing a more lucrative job for now and needing to put my career on hold. Anyway, I have a master's degree as is required. It was a 62 credit degree. My brother's master's was 30 credits and he makes three times what I do. It's shameful that we live in a society that discounts people, especially women and children, the way ours does.

It's not a complete career change, but it is a whole different world and I need to be able to explain why I want to switch (other than the money, which is actually the reason).
I know you worked with preschoolers, but did you work for the public schools? I have a friend who just moved from a school SLP position into an administrative position within special education. Would you be interested in something like that?

I'm really surprised that you're unhappy with your salary. I'm actually making quite a bit more than I expected to making at this point in my career. I'm working in a hospital setting, so I mostly work with 2 and 3 year olds. I just can't imagine working with adults.

I hope you find a position that will make you happy!
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Cyndi, it's the area I live in and unfortunately I cannot move. I've seen what salaries are elsewhere and it is like 20k more than what preschool therapists around here earn. It's crazy. I used to do contract EI which I loved and paid well but the state keeps cutting the rates to the point where it isn't profitable. I would like to do a special ed administrative position but here in NY, you need additional coursework and certification to do so and at the rate I'm going I'll never be able to do that. I think a per diem position would allow me to earn more, work less, and take some administrative classes.

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How do they know you have kids?
Originally Posted by Amneris
They asked me in the interview how old my kids are. They then proceeded to talk about how work and home need to be completely separate (odd, since the board members are parents of disabled adults). I really resent the expectation that my own children do not matter and their needs cpome second to the needs of other people's children. It seems more and more prevalent in my field.
Originally Posted by cosmicfly
Is it against the law where you are to ask about peoples' families in an interview? I would file a complaint.
Get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. -Muhammad Ali











How do they know you have kids?
Originally Posted by Amneris
They asked me in the interview how old my kids are. They then proceeded to talk about how work and home need to be completely separate (odd, since the board members are parents of disabled adults). I really resent the expectation that my own children do not matter and their needs cpome second to the needs of other people's children. It seems more and more prevalent in my field.
Originally Posted by cosmicfly
Is it against the law where you are to ask about peoples' families in an interview? I would file a complaint.
Originally Posted by Amneris
It might be but I'm not sure. I don't think I will complain though, it's a small company and obviously the culture wouldn't have been right for me. If it were a larger company, I might be inclined to pursue a complaint.

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