Good luck with the job hunt. I don't know that I could work in a daycare. All that noise all day would drive me bonkers. I can't even have the exhaust fan going in the bathroom while I shower b/c the excess noise grates me. With that though, I don't like complete silence. I have to have *some* background noise - like music or a fan or rain or something - but I cannot have constant commotion. Overwhelms my senses. It REALLY irritates me when the dishwasher is running, DH has the tv on and turned up and is playing music on iTunes all at the same time. Too much stimulus vying for my attention.
Hopefully you land one of the engineer jobs since that's your field of study, isn't it?