Many nannies are well educated professionals who worked in other fields but now love their chosen occupation.
If you fit into this category, please comment below this article and tell us why you choose to be a nanny.
Andrea Gassert, a professional nanny in Beachwood, Ohio worked as a legal secretary in the property management field and then worked as an accountant. She decided to leave her accounting career behind and become a nanny more than 12 years ago.
Ms. Gassert says, “When I was young I took care of my cousins and neighbor's children and loved doing it. I began to look in the help wanted advertisements on occasion and came across a family who was looking for childcare [provider] in their home. I called that family and went on my first nanny interview. I was hired with that family and stayed with them for four years.”
Ms. Gassert says, “I love being a nanny and as a result my husband and I decided to have our daughter four years ago.” She continues, “I will be a nanny in some form until I retire.”
As well as working as a nanny Ms. Gassert also works for a nanny placement agency Erin’s Nannies, www.erinsnannies.com/home.htm in Beachwood, Ohio. She says “I love both of my positions and cannot imagine myself doing anything else.”
Terri Carroll, a nanny in Ventura, California used to work as a bookkeeper and as an accountant. Ms. Carroll explains, “In 2001, my accounting job was ending at the same time a friend was considering hiring her first nanny for her three girls. For the first time in my life, no accounting jobs [were available].”
She continues, “My friend [could not find any] nannies in the area where she was moving. We decided to give it a go, and I haven't looked back since.”
Ms. Carroll says working as a nanny, “is truly a gift, both to me and to my charges. I love children and deeply care about giving them a good start in life. It is more rewarding than I anticipated in my wildest dreams. My connection with each of my charges is life long. I have made a tangible (if not measurable) difference for each and every one of them. That is so amazing to me.”
Buffi Gentry, from Los Angeles, California became a nanny in 1989. Ms. Gentry says, “Before being a nanny I worked in retail.”
“At first I had dreams of going to a particular business school,” says Ms. Gentry. But, she took a three month course intensive on the art of being a nanny at the Nanny Institute of Beverly Hills so she could “become a nanny as a way of paying for [business school].”
She continues, “After a few months I realized I had a knack for childcare and I did everything I could to learn more by attending small day classes, conventions, and reading of various childcare books.”
Ms. Gentry continued working as a nanny because she fell in love with “working with children and feels very accomplished at the end of my day.”
Stephanie Felzenberg, a nanny currently working in Glen Ridge, New Jersey started working as a nanny in 1993. After graduating from Rider University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology she tried various jobs in her degreed field. “I worked as a counselor for mentally handicapped adults and briefly with neglected and abused teenaged girls.”
She explains, “I actually accepted a nanny job expecting to work for just one year as a live-in childcare provider as a way to save some money while figuring out what job I wanted to do using my degree."
She chose to continue working as a nanny. Ms. Felzenberg explains, “Working as a nanny I use my degree daily. Some parents have even asked to see my transcripts from child development and behavior management courses during nanny job interviews."
She continues, "As a nanny I actually have better hours and higher pay then when I worked as a counselor."
"But the most rewarding aspect of being a nanny is seeing my positive influence on children each day. I also truly enjoy cooking, tutoring, and being a personal assitant to the parents,” says the nanny.
Ms. Felzenberg has also been the editor of a nanny trade publication, “Be the Best Nanny Monthly Guide” http://www.bestnannynewsletter.com/ in 2001. She attributes working as college yearbook editor for her interest in desktop publishing and writing.
Andrea Flagg, a nanny in Bergen County, New Jersey began working as a nanny in 2000. Ms. Flagg earned an Office Automation Specialist Certificate from the Cittone Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.
She says, “I wanted to please my father, so I pursued a career in computers.” She worked at many jobs including as an agency manger for an advertising firm, an office manager for a plush toy manufacturer, as a secretary for a children’s clothing store, as an administrative assistant to the Vice President of a corporation, and a daycare center assistant.
But, “After 15 years of working in the corporate world I was no longer satisfied with my career path,” explains Ms. Flagg.
Although she had attended business school and had several jobs in the corporate world and climbed her way up the corporate ladder she “found out it was very superficial and meaningless” working in an office environment.
She says, “At the age of 34 I decided to become a nanny soon after I saw the Louise Woodward (the English Au Pair) trail. I knew I could make a difference in a child’s life.”
After working as a nanny for eight years and for three families Ms. Flagg continues to enjoy working as a nanny. She explains, “Seeing the children learn new things, reach their developmental milestones, and grow to be a secure, confident, and kind person is very rewarding. I receive much satisfaction from teaching children skills that they will have for a life-time. Being a nanny is truly a career I can look back on and be proud of!”
Ms. Flagg is also the co-founder of the nanny support group Nanny Alliance of New York and New Jersey http://www.nannyalliancenyandnj.com/. The support group provides nannies with personal and professional support on all levels. Under Ms. Flagg’s leadership the group provides educational and social opportunities for nannies in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
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