Friday, April 20, 2018

Considering a career change around your kids? Here are questions to ask first!

All mothers are busy. We can all agree on that, right? But when the kids are already spending all day in school, or you're lucky enough to have responsible household staff, and you feel that you now have time to do what you've always wanted but still have time for family, what do you do?

Many mamas feel they are missing professional challenges in their life. Now that you have a little bit of time on your hands and your long-suppressed ambitions are getting rowdy in your heart, then it might be a good idea to look through your career progression options. Whether you would like more flexibility or better time management, there is a perfect job out there for you. Before you make your final decision, however, you will need to check whether you can complete the transition and get what you want out of your new career. Here are the questions to ask yourself:

Do you have support?
Looking for a new job or asking for more work responsibilities is not just a professional decision. You have to make sure your family is behind you 100%. That means they really will be there for you when you come home late or need to meet deadlines. Supportive means they won't complain about the hours you spend studying or training. Supporting you means no emotional blackmail and making you feel guilty. It's hard enough to be a working mama so you're going to need your family's cooperation if you believe it's time to pursue your dreams.

Do you really have the time to pursue this?
One of the things mothers struggle with is time. You don’t want to spend more time away from home than necessary. If you are working full time at the moment, you might not be able to commit to training and development. If your training or further schooling is far from home, you might feel bad at the long commute, especially if you live in the traffic hell that is Manila. Before you decide which career option to go for, it is important that you check the time it will involve and if you're okay with committing to it. I'm not being discouraging, okay? I'm just being pragmatic. Best to know if you can do it than jump in and then find that you wasted your family's money and efforts because you didn't have the time to do it.

Being a consultant editor for BABY magazine was perfect! I brought the kids along to photo shoots, for example.

Can you build on your existing qualifications?
One of the best ways of speeding up your career progression or transition is to look for a new course that takes into consideration your previous qualifications. As an example, if you would like to upgrade your diploma online RN to BSN you will get credits for your previous course and get your degree faster studying at your own pace.

How flexible are your choices?
When raising kids, you will have some important responsibilities that you cannot neglect. Ideally, you would like to spend the weekends with your family, eat dinner with the kids, and be able to attend parents’ meetings and football matches. If your chosen career is not likely to give you this flexibility, you might need to look further. If, however, you will be able to work from home for a couple of days a week, you can work around your family life. That's my life now! It takes a lot of discipline, working from home, since there's a bed, a TV, and books to distract you! But I do enjoy working from home.
There's a lot of cute guys in my work place. Here's the littlest one!

Have you considered starting a business?

If you're tired of your office hours or the commute or if you're a housewife who now wants to work but doesn't want to go back to the stiff corporate environment, then you might consider starting your own business and being your own boss. Like I did! While at the beginning you’ll need to put in the extra hours and work hard, in the end you will get more freedom and money to spare. Consider your options and build on your strengths and opportunities to create a long term plan that works for you. From blogging to becoming an affiliate, virtual assistant, or online accountant, there are several options to choose from, depending on your qualifications, interest, and skills. 

I turned my blog into a business: I get sponsorships, partnerships, brand ambassadorships, and launched workshops.

Us working mamas often struggle with work-life balance. If you feel like it is time for a career change, consider your current and future commitments, and what your new job will help you to achieve. This way, you can not only improve your career, but also live a more balanced life.

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7 comments:

  1. Loved this post! Thanks for sharing Fran! Much love, Amber

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  2. Hi, Frances. I can totally relate. When I took the leap four years ago, I went thru a lot of struggles foremost of which is time. I didn't have the time because all my kids were still young and my son was diagnosed with autism. In two years of being full time at home, I was tired, dissatisfied and sorely missing the intellectual challenge I enjoy when I was in the corporate world. With the help of a friend, we established a business consultancy which I can do together with my normal home chores. It was not easy. I had to stay awake until the early mornings to finish all proposals and other stuff. I had to juggle the meetings schedules and do a lot of online marketing while attending to my children. I'm still tired but at least I'm finding personal satisfaction with the things I am achieving. One step at a time, I think that's what I should believe in. The important thing is my children are still on top priority while I pursue my personal passion.

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  3. I really hope one day,I could work at home. I want to try, pero as what you have said madaming dapat iconsider kaya kailngan kong pag isipan mabuti

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  4. I really admire for being a working momma! It’s really my dream to work from home or earn from blogging but Im not good with it. :( working in a corporate world is a bit challenging for me as a mother since I want to spend more time with my kids. Hope I can be like you some day. :)

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  5. I have been constantly searching over the internet about the things I can do to earn money while still spending enough time for my kid. I have heard about VA, is it kinda difficult mommy? I also would want to apply as an online tutor for Japanese but the thing is, super liit ng bahay namin and paglabas mo, highway na, so I guess hindi pwede kasi maingay ang paligid. Hays, whay can I possibly do para kumita while at home? Hehehe, I'm struggling so much because I really wanna work. 😣

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