Many women want to get back to work after having kids, but often, it’s not as easy as taking up where you left off. When you have children, they become your priority, but this doesn’t mean that you have to give up hopes of a successful career. If you’re thinking about the future or you have kids, and you’re hoping to work after maternity leave, here are some options to consider.
Setting up on your own
Employment offers a host of benefits, but when you have kids, being self-employed can also offer advantages. Most importantly, being in charge of your own schedule gives you more flexibility. There’s also the opportunity to pick and choose clients, to earn more, and to achieve a better work-life balance. If you’re not desperate to go back to your old job, think about how you could use your skills to forge a slightly different career path. You could go freelance or set up your own business. Whether you’re a hairdresser, a beautician, an accountant, a marketing executive, or a therapist, it’s possible to come up with a model that will enable you to generate an income and take charge of your hours.
Adapting your role
Often, when you have kids, it’s difficult to find the time to work full-time and raise your children. If you’re out of the house all the time, you may be missing out on major milestones and special times, and your old life may not be sustainable anymore. If you love what you do, or you need to work for financial reasons, have you thought about adapting your role? Take the example of a nurse. If you’re used to working in a hospital providing bedside nursing care, you’re probably familiar with night shifts, evening and weekend work. For many mums, this pattern may not work when children come along. One solution is trying a different role within the same sector, for example, practice-based or community nursing, which involves daytime hours. You may need to study more or take different training courses, but it’s worth weighing up your options if you don’t want to change career.
Working from home
More and more companies have remote workforces. If you have young children or your kids are in school, being based at home may work much better for you than travelling to an office on a daily basis, for example. You can cut out commuting time, and you can fit your working hours around other commitments. For many mums, it’s difficult to manage the school runs and pick-ups from nursery because they’re at work from 9am until 5pm, for example. With home-based jobs, you can work a full day without having to worry about who is going to collect the kids. If you already have a job you love, it’s worth asking your boss about the possibility of working from home either part or full-time.
Many expectant parents don’t want to give up work, but sometimes, balancing work and raising children can be a conundrum. If you have small children, or you’re thinking about how you’re going to enjoy the best of both worlds in years to come, hopefully, you’ve found this guide helpful.