Career Tips For Parents
Whether you are seeking a new career or interested in advancing your current job, deciding to do so may affect your family. Of course, it’s never too late to make choices that can help improve your family life. But doing so may mean that your free time and schedule will change. As a parent, you have a desire to be a positive influence in your child’s life. So it’s only natural that you want to strive for success in your career. But, before you dive into making life-long changes, we’ve curated a list of tips for parents to consider.
Advancing Your Career
While some careers require years of schooling, some only require a certificate or a certain amount of hands-on training. No matter which route you choose, there are several scenarios to consider.
Before choosing a career path, research the industry and position. You may even find those already in the industry willing to answer questions or mentor you towards your goals. Through exploring the new field or role, you will learn what skills are necessary to advance your career. In addition, exploration can help determine if additional training, certifications, or school is essential. Because attending school in person may be out of reach, online courses offer low-cost classes, go-at-your-own-pace, or virtual classrooms such as LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, edX.org, Class Central, Udemy, and Skillshare.
Perhaps you may be ready to switch career paths entirely. If this is the case, you may feel the stress and challenges of doing so while caring for your family. However, changing careers isn’t entirely out of reach if you plan.
While saving for emergencies may be all you have done in the past, saving bit by bit for transitioning away from your current role into a new one is advisable. Including your children in the conversation, if age appropriate, may benefit you. Saving for your future is a teachable moment to help them realize the importance of saving for future goals. If you seek new ways to save money, start tracking your habits.
Build a new schedule along with your new career. Carve out time for areas that you know will require total concentration. Scheduling specific times into your plan can help you with time management in a way that won’t prevent you from sacrificing precious family time. Additionally, schedule time for rest and breaks. It may seem like you won’t have enough time to do it all, but as a parent, setting a positive example for your children to take breaks can help everyone in the long run. Finally, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a beat and reevaluate what you could do differently.
Not every significant career change needs to happen overnight. However, it’s helpful to ease into a role or company change by incorporating a side gig. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote, “He didn’t quit his day job to follow his dream; he just folded his dream into his everyday life”. Adding a side gig may help you obtain new skills or career paths.
No matter what you choose to do with your career, remember that if you are even considering making a change, you’re doing something positive for yourself and your family. Being an example for your children that dreams are worth chasing is never a bad thing. Being strategic about the changes you hope to make is attainable, actionable, and can be chipped away each and every day. And if you are feeling stuck on how to make the switch, there are tiny steps you can take every day that can help you get closer to your goals.