For many parents, it’s difficult to look past the role of ‘being a parent.' There are children to care for, memories to be made, those rare moments of alone time when we can focus on our passions and hobbies, and all the other small details that makeup life as head of a clan of people. There’ll come a time, however, when you have more time on your hands, such as when all the kids have started school or - shudder - begun to leave home. At that point, you’ll probably start thinking about getting yourself a job, and maybe a career. But if you’ve spent years being a parent, would anybody hire you? You bet they would. Just through the course of raising children, you’ll have acquired many valuable skills, and there’ll be some jobs that you’ll be tailor made for. Below, we take a look at everything you need to know about using your awesome parenting skills to land a career you love.
The Skills:
No many people fully understand what skills recruiters are actually looking for. While having a skill is, of course, useful, it’s often the ‘under the radar’ assets that can make a candidate stand out. And you’ll have a whole bunch of these desirable attributes. Just have a read below.


Working Under Stress
The company you’re working for has a deadline to meet. Time is ticking by, and people’s morale and work output are beginning to diminish. Are you overwhelmed by the circumstances? Absolutely not. Stress is dealing with three tired, hungry kids as you try to find somewhere to eat in a busy city, and when it’s raining outside no less. You’ll have proven that you’re capable of handling stressful situations, so when the going gets tough in work, you’ll be on hand to deliver your best.


Organisation
As a default, an employee needs to have excellent personal organization. It’s even better if they have the organizational skills to help the office run smoothly and work productively. Over the past few years, you’ve been organizing yourself, and a band of fellow humans, who you’ve always ensured have made it to their appointments, been well fed, have a roof over their head, and so on. You won’t have even realized that you’ve been doing has been developing your organizational skills, but that’s just what you’ve been doing.


Multitalented
And then let’s think about the many tasks you’ve been in charge of. These haven’t existed independently, allowing you to spend time on each one until they were completed before moving onto the next one. They’ve likely overlapped with one another, which is turn has made you a dab hand at multi-tasking. The ability to focus on more than one thing at any single time is valued by employers, especially in this day and age, when job roles often require a variety of tasks.


Patience
And let’s not forget those annoying co-workers, who will from time to time act like children. OK, so maybe your patience will be put to better effect in the office, such as taking the time to see a project through to the end, or not being disheartened by slow progress. You’re already well aware that great things happen one step at a time: you see it day in, day out with your children.


Team Skills
Think of your family as an organization. You’re the leader, or the manager if you will. But it’s not a dictatorship: you have to know the best way to motivate your children and get them on board. You’ll also most likely have a co-manager (your other half), which further ensures that you can’t get things all your own way. In the process of raising your kids, you’ll have become an awesome team player, one who can think of others, all the while getting their voice heard, and able to decide a course of action that’ll satisfy all. In an office, it’s this type of skill that makes things tick.  


Hard Work
Finally, let’s not forget that being a parent isn’t easy. You’ll have proven that you’re capable of digging deep and working hard, even through all the late nights, everyday parenting issues, and the rest. That’s not something that you should take lightly; your future employers won’t!

Entering the Work Field
Once you’ve overcome your child’s first few years and are ready for a new challenge, you’ll need to plan your route back into the work field, especially if you have a particular job that you have in mind. This will be about getting used to a working routine and finding employment that makes the most of the skills you’ve learned during parenthood.


Volunteering
You’re unlikely to be able to jump straight back into a full-time, career oriented job. Instead, start slow, perhaps by volunteering with an organization that you have an interest in. Many charities operate as if they were a business, so whatever your long term career goals are, there’ll likely be a role that will give you some much-needed experience in this area. It’ll also enable you to transition from stay at home parent to worker slowly, so you can make sure that you’re able to fully devote yourself to all the important aspects of your life.


What Aspects of Parenting Have You Enjoyed?
When it comes to deciding what job you would eventually like to have, it’s a good idea to figure out what aspects of parenting you’ve enjoyed. If you’ve loved the nurturing aspect of parenthood, then you might consider becoming a teacher, or involved in educational administration and planning. If you enjoyed the empathy aspects, then you might be well-suited for a job as a therapist.  


Studying While Parenting
When you’ve picked the types of jobs you will be suited for and have an interest in, it’s a good idea to see if there are any qualifications you can study that will boost your chances of landing a job. You’ll be able to study at home, alongside your parenting responsibilities, before you begin looking for work. If you’re considering entering the education industry, then an online Master of Education degree will enhance your credentials. There are also behavioral and therapy courses available, should you want you to work with children (or adults) who would benefit from your empathy skills.


Ideal Professions
We’ve covered the education and behavioral sectors, but there are many other jobs that parents are suitable for. It all depends on what you want to emphasize, and how you want - or need - to balance your work/home life. If you’re determined to work from home, then look at becoming a web writer or website designer. IT, in particular, is very big right now, with more jobs than there are people to fill them. You can also learn these skills at home, through online courses.


Juggling Your Responsibilities
It’ll take some getting used to your new life as a working parent. Of course, entering a job won’t mean that your parenting responsibilities are any fewer. Not at all! You’ll need to figure out an arrangement with your employer to ensure your job doesn’t negatively affect your home life, and it also might be time to start sweet-talking your parents and other family members to see if they can pick your children up from school, babysit, and so on.


Final Thoughts
People don’t automatically think that parenting and a career go hand in hand, but, as we’ve shown, they have a lot in common. Enjoy your parenting time and make the most of it: it might lead to a career you love further on down the line.


 


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Enjoy your parenting time and make the most of it: it might lead to a career you love further on down the line.

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09/18/2017 8:45pm

Being a parent is so hard. I am a single parent myself and I find it so hard. I am still studying and I have my part-time job to support my child. It is such a difficult yet rewarding journey. I don't know how I was able to handle it all despite everything. I think it is because I love my child so much that I am willing to do everything and anything for her. This is a message to all single parents like me out there.

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