Monday 23 April 2018

Could Being A Mum Be The Skill That Builds Your Career?

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The idea of getting back to work as a mummy is always framed as a challenge. I can tell you from experience that it's difficult to get back into the swing of things you haven't done for some time. Not to mention the new family and work balance that you'll need to find. 

Instead of looking at motherhood as an obstacle though, can you look at it as a resource? 

There's a selection of careers where being a mum can lift you into a new role. Here's a few ideas that could shape your career.

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Mums with skills

Do you have teaching experience or a history within a certain industry or craft? Well, you could make use of it by helping those who need it the most.  Becoming a tutor opens up the opportunity of working from home, which is ideal for those with young children. An alternative, depending on what you teach, is to provide workshops, tutorials, and classes in your local community centre. With so much online now, there's also the ability to create online courses for free, which others will then pay for. These courses can be focused on many different things but are mostly focused on teaching career skills. 

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Mumming for all

So you love looking after your own kids but what if you feel you could spread that attention and care? There are plenty of professional parents just like the rest of us that are looking for a way to maintain the balance they need. Maybe you could be the person they need to maintain that balance by becoming a childminder. You can also contact childcare brokers, and look at getting a ready made business for your development. Providing childcare and looking after other people's children isn't easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding, all whilst providing a service to the community and making a profit. 

Child playing on a patio with sticks, stones, soil and toys

Use your organisational skills

As parents we really need to stay on top of things. As the years pass and there's more play dates, parties and after school clubs we find ourselves developing organisation skills that would make a project manager jealous! If you're looking for a flexible job that allows you to work from home, then becoming a virtual assistant could be the perfect role for you.  Virtual assistants work with business owners and managers across the globe, taking care of basic admin duties, like setting calendars, responding to emails and taking calls. Just be sure to chose a VA position that best fits your working situation. For example, if your child is still young or doesn't nap, you might not want to take a role that has you answering the phone during the day.

There are plenty of flexible careers where you can utilise your skills as a mother. The experience and skills you develop not only change you as a person but they may just lead you to a career that you love.

Mummy Snowy Owl

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