At a crossroads: Should I be a career nanny or pursue something else?

  1. That’s a great suggestion, thank you. I’m actually not sure I’d want to work with kids as a social worker, because working with kids in a social work capacity means working with kids who have been through/are going through really bad things, and I don’t think I’m emotionally strong enough to deal with that. I think I’d prefer to work with adults (which of course would also be hard). But maybe nannying would be different and not quite as hard. It’s definitely something to think about.

  2. I’m in a similar situation, so I have thoughts! I got a bachelors in psychology, worked a mental health job (a shitty stressful low paying one) for two years until the pandemic hit, then started nannying. I made 17.85$/hr in my mental health job (in 2020). Now I make 28/hr nannying. This is in Orange County CA. Nannying has been so much better for me mentally/emotionally, financially, etc. I was stressed and underpaid working in mental health, so I’d choose nannying 100%. I get the worry about being judged for not using your degree for your career, but honestly I do use my education in my nannying job so that’s enough for me. I’m also the type that doesn’t really give an f if people don’t see it that way 🤷🏼‍♀️

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences! I think I feel some pressure because I just turned 27 and I’m feeling that “holy shit I’m almost 30” thing. It took me a while to finish college so I already feel like I wasted a lot of time. But nothing I can do about that now so I just have to keep looking forward.

  4. Only you can decide if this is the right path for you. I'm working part-time as a nanny while completing a Master's degree, so that's always an option for you too if you do grad school part-time. I get the stigma of being a nanny though. My parents paid for my bachelor's and I think they feel like they wasted their money since I'm not actually using my degree. But the truth is, my degree gets me higher pay as a nanny and allows me to work with better families. Don't worry about what people will think. Do what's right for you.

  5. What are you getting a master’s degree in? And yes, in a way I actually feel like my degree is kind of relevant to nannying, because it’s psychology and I took a couple of child development classes.

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