I’ve been at my job for 8 years, but it is not competitive, so it is a lower wage. I am getting my CNA soon, I just got my QMAP, so opportunity is opening up for me. I have been a caregiver for 13 years, so I know I am worth more and can do way better.
There is a catch, my kids still need me and my current job works with my schedual, so I can get my kids to and from school. and I am attached to my residents that I take care of and I am comfortable.
I can go work for a place that is like an agency for a lot more money, but I don’t know if the shifts are guaranteed. I can’t have that. I can work at my old job as needed two days a week and I will get a raise just for going as needed, which is half backwards, like they don’t reward hard workers that show up for work everyday, and I can work for the agency a few days a week. There is a huge caregiving shortage so I probably will not have a problem finding work.
The cost of living where I live has sored in the past 5 years, and just keeps going up. I think I am going to have to bit the bullet and do what I have to do, and step out of my comfort zone.