I ran across an article this week that I wanted to share. It concerns the best ten jobs for working mothers. These jobs are considered the best because, according to the article, they offer flexibility and perks that other jobs might not offer.
Having been a teacher for ten years before becoming a work at home mom, I wasn´t surprised to find teacher on the list. The job offers great hours when you have children, because you typically get out when they get out, minus the faculty meeting days or extra hours spent grading papers and working in the classroom. Plus you get summers off, so that you get to spend time with your children when they are out of school. A relative of mine who currently works as an accountant is taking classes to become a teacher because of these very reasons. She´ll drop considerably in pay (one of the drawbacks for many career women who make that move) but she´ll pick up great hours and more family time in the process. For many the payoff is well worth the loss of pay.
Yet I was surprised to find physician on the list. Physicians are known for the long hours that they put in, and while they may make up their own schedule, they are generally needed in the office four days a week, for surgery one day per week if they conduct surgery, and on call on nights and weekends. Take my doctor. She has three kids and was complaining that the long hours meant she didn´t get to spend much time with her family; she was actually considering quitting for a while, until her kids were older, to become a stay at home mom. And my daughter´s pediatrician is always on call.
If you want to read about the eight other careers offered, in case you are considering a change, take a look at this article http://msn.careerbuilder.com/custom/msn/careeradvice/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=531&SiteId=cbmsnhp4531&sc_extcmp=JS_531_msn>1=8321&cbRecursionCnt=3&cbsid=4f82bed2be664802ac81e6a9a1227ed6-208569906-X2-2. I´d love to know what you think about the jobs listed, so leave a comment if you have some input.