You can’t step into the same river twice.
So says Plato, quoting Heraclitus.
Ancient wisdom suggests that, even if that candidate loved being an Au Pair two years ago, the experience might not feel the same the second time around.
We might hope that someone with previous experience as an Au Pair would have a realistic sense of what it takes.
The returning candidate could have thought long and hard about what worked well and what was challenging. S/he may be able to make better choices about where to match, and with which sort of family.
Then again, the two years between leaving the previous host family and looking for a new one might have diluted memories of the difficult adjustments, the chronic challenges, or the toughness of the work.
If you came across the profile of a returning Au Pair, assuming s/he met all your other criteria, what would you consider before choosing to interview him or her?
This returning Au Pair would like to know:
I was an Au Pair in 2010/2011 for 18 months.
I am currently doing an internship at a European Au Pair Agency. I’ve thought about going back as an Au Pair before, and now during my internship these idea seems even more interesting.
I now wanted to know if there are any families or au pairs out there who can give me some feedback of having an experience as or with return au pairs. Are returning au pairs popular? Would families choose them over younger, not-yet-experienced au pairs?
Everything changes and nothing stands still.
Can you find a way to use this truth to your advantage?
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