This month I will be publishing a series of articles regarding career opportunities for mothers. These will look at specific careers such as nursing, starting a home business, blogging, teaching, and so forth, and discuss the positives and the negatives of each.
I had started to work on the idea behind this series last month, searching for those interested in sharing their stories about the type of work they do and whether they feel it is a good career choice for a mother.
Then, on Saturday night, I went to a friend’s birthday party and started chatting with a mutual neighborhood friend. She mentioned that she had recently started working part time after a stint of full time work.
Her reasoning for lessening her hours were solid, and I believe they were reflective of what most of us feel: Mothering is such a full time commitment, and juggling both full time work and full time motherhood is tough. Very tough.
While working full time, she had to hire someone to clean her home, and she missed several functions her son attended. She decided she would cut back on her hours to be at home more and take care of the things that needed to be done around the house, and with her son.
Luckily she has the ability to remain at home at least on a part time basis, but this is not true for everyone. Some people must return to work full time once the child(ren) starts school, and even if you are staying home now on a full time basis – you have young children, for instance, and are taking a break from your career – chances are you are planning to return to work in some capacity when your child(ren) get a bit older.
Some of us want to return to what we were doing pre-kids. We enjoyed the work, the hours were conducive to mothering and working, and we have no qualms about going back.
Some of us – myself included – want to make a career change. Maybe the former career hours were too long and we want more time at home, or we found out once we got into that career that we were not really happy after all.
If you are thinking about changing careers when you return to work, now is the time to consider your options. If you are starting out and you want to consider what careers would be conducive to also raising a family, this series of articles will also offer some insight.
I’ll be looking at a variety of points about each career. These include:
- amount of work / hours invested each day and week and month
- schedules – are they flexible or not
- opportunities for flexibility – can you make a flexible career work in each field
As you read the articles, if you find that you are in one of these careers and would like to add input, please do. Leave a comment with your thoughts and ideas.