Returning to work is a choice many women struggle with. While some women want to return to work after having children as they love their jobs and want to progress, for some, it comes down to money. Many families simply can’t afford for one parent to stay at home. In these cases, women often look for a career that offers them more flexibility and options to work around their family commitments. If you are considering a career change, which allows you to spend more time with your family, returning to school could be a great idea. It could help you gain the qualifications you need to secure a great job in a family friendly industry. If this is working with the elderly and helping them lead active, healthy lives, consider a masters in gerontology.
Here are some great tips to help you fit studying around your family life.
Online study, such as an online MAGMASM degree, could give you some great options. You get to work at your own pace, at times that suit you and your family. There are a wide range of online courses available, which don’t tie you down to a timetable.
Study Part Time
Part time study is another great option for moms. It might take you longer to complete, but you’ll be under a lot less pressure and able to enjoy your studies much more.
Find Relevant Work Experience
Once you graduate, it can still be incredibly difficult to find work in your field of interest. With more students than ever graduating, there is a lot of competition for jobs. Work experience could set you apart and make your CV stand out. Even a few hours’ volunteer work every week could make a huge difference.
While online or part time study allows you to study around your family commitments, if your children aren’t yet in school you might still want to consider childcare, or you may end up working every night and never getting the chance to relax. Get family or friends to help for one day a week if you can; if not, consider professional childcare.
All mothers need to be exceptionally well organized. Even more so if you are working or studying as well. Plan everything as far in advance as you possibly can and try to get into a routine. Making small changes, such as laying out clothes and packing lunch before bed, can save you a lot of time.
Take a Break
Remember to look after yourself. Stress won’t make you a better student or mother. Have a night off once a week and a proper vacation when you can. Try to see your friends regularly, and remember to have some fun.
The first thing you need to do is decide what you want to do. While flexibility is great, you should also try to find a career, and course, that you love. You are much more likely to be successful at work if it’s something you feel passionately about.