Career Choices that Could Benefit Your Family

When you have a child, your whole life’s dynamic changes. You fall out of the routine that you’ve become accustomed to and you suddenly have serious responsibilities and have to readjust your whole schedule around the wants and needs of your little one. But that’s not to say that you can’t still have a full and thriving career. Here are just a few different career moves that could benefit you when you have a child. Take them into consideration and see whether they could work for you, bringing a more positive atmosphere to your home-work life balance.

Take a Break

The majority of mothers take time out of their professional lives when they find out that they have a little one on the way. Statutory maternity leave is 52 weeks - or one year - and this is split into two different types of maternity leave. The first 26 weeks are referred to as “ordinary maternity leave” (or OML), and the last 26 weeks are known as “additional maternity leave” (or AML). When you begin and end your leave is entirely up to you. Some mothers revel in being able to spend as much time as possible with their little one and away from the office. Others feel the urge to dive straight back into their careers. Whether you fall into the first category, the second category, or somewhere in between, the decision is entirely your own and the “right” thing to do is whatever makes you feel happiest and most comfortable.

Pursue Further Education

Taking part in higher education gives you qualifications that open the doors to all sorts of careers and job positions that might otherwise be closed to you. Now, when you have children, you may think that educational opportunities are behind you. But this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. There are plenty of different ways to incorporate further education into your family life, no matter how busy you may feel you can be at times. Increasing numbers of institutions are offering online courses in fields from undergraduate mathematics to masters clinical mental health counseling. So, no matter what you want to focus on, there should be an option out there that will suit your needs and preferences down to a tee.

Work from Home

Working from home could prove to be the perfect option for you when you have a little one to take care of. Now, you do have to work, but you can cut all sorts of other time consuming activities from your day, such as getting ready for the office or the daily commute. You also tend to be able to arrange your working hours around other responsibilities, such as dropping little ones off to playgroups or school and picking them back up.

These are just a few options that you should consider. Choose whichever is best for you and your little ones!


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