Friday, 15 July 2011
For the last eleven months I've been working as an au pairlooking after 5-year-old Alana, 4-year-old Jack, and the twins Ellie and Mikie who are 17 months old. It's been fantastic. I've loved every minute of it. I've had highs and lows, good times and bad times, fantastic times and learning curves that I'll take with me for the rest of my life.
I thought I'd be there for the next year or so. But unfortunately, reality came and slapped me and everyone that I work for in the face.
The mother's business hasn't had a lot of customers for a few months which meant that she's at home with me looking after the kids. The reason she hired an au pair in the first place was because she works and isn't always home. And when I first started she was hardly ever around until after dinner. Suddenly we were on top of each other.
Then came the dreaded words: "Emma we need to talk."
I knew something was up when the parents went out on a walk. She always went on nightly walks but her husband never usually went with her. This time he did. And when they got back and the older two were in bed, that's when the words were said. At first I panicked. Had I done something wrong? Was I getting the sack?
I always panicked over that sort of thing, especially as the kids aren't my own. I hadn't done anything wrong though. There was simply no reason for me to be there when the mother was there. She wasn't making any money, and I wasn't really doing much. We were on top of each other and there was no point in me being there.
She cried as they told me. She really loved having me there, and I really was part of the family. The good news was that her friend wanted me as an au pair. Apparently they talked so much about me and how good I was with the children. That made me really proud, to know that I was thought of as that highly.
But still, I was upset to be leaving. I'm now starting a new au pair job, but that's a different story to tell you all.
Have you ever been let go from a job? How did you handle it? How long did it take you to find a new position?