Starting a family can be a wonderful time in your life, but balancing your home life and your career can often feel like an impossible feat.
Let’s just say that deadlines and dirty nappies can seem like oil and water but believe me, they can and DO mix and now is a better time than ever, to find flexible work or create your own businesses enabling you can have success in work and at home.
I admittedly felt lost when I I had my first son Oliver, I didn’t know how I would manage juggling work as TV director with a young child who hated sleep.
15 hour days on set no longer worked for me now I was a mum.
Thankfully I set up this blog, not thinking or intending for it to become my job (I didn’t even know that was a possibility then), I accepted freelance screenwriting work and smaller directing jobs on commercials, and by the time I was pregnant with my second son, found I had gradually become a full time blogger.
A decade ago it would have been difficult for me to accept anything other than going back to directing or to find another job, most likely full time-but thanks to an increase in balanced gender roles, greater working rights for parents (that need more improvement), flexible working hours, and the advent of our online world, we parents have more options available to us.
Here I wanted to share a few jobs you might want to consider-careers that fit perfectly around your family.
The role that I embarked upon myself!
I know I’m biased, but blogging literally is the best career…ever! (OK maybe second best to ‘being’ Beyonce). Blogging allows me to express myself creatively and what’s more, it has opened up so many doors meaning any day sees me being a writer, vlogger, TV presenter, public speaker, consultant and the list goes on…
The more you write, the greater experience you gain and you could be earning a great income before you know it.
Social workers support individuals and families in challenging situations and ensure that vulnerable adults and children are safe in their environment. Social work is not a 9-5 job and so you can work your hours to fit around your schedule.
The people that you will most likely be helping – older people and children – will usually be free during the day, giving you time to see them before being home for your children.
The work can be challenging and you need to ensure you keep your professional and home life separate.
That being said, your experiences and learning on the job will undoubtedly help you with your family…and vice versa. Social workers need to be qualified in order to work alone, so it is worth noting that to really commit to this career path, you should be ready for further study.
Not every family-friendly career needs to be slow-paced. With the digital revolution has come specialised apps, programmes, and tutorials giving you all the tools you need to start trading.
Of course, you’re risking your own money and it will need some degree of training, but for some, this is the best option after a high-stress or corporate career.
You work your own hours, in your own time, so your timetable is completely autonomous.
You definitely require some capital to invest if you want to go down this route, but hey…you might end up a millionaire! Whoop!
Although teachers work longer hours than pupils, the long holidays mean more time spent with your family.
Teaching, like social care, can be high stress so you need to be ready to separate your personal and professional mindset.
In order to become a teacher, you need to have QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), which often means doing a PGCE course.
That can cost up to £9,000 and take 2 years to complete part-time.
This can see you qualify as a teacher within a year, working first as a primary classroom assistant and then earning fantastic benefits such as a top end starting salary and pension.
I gained an MA with distinction aged 22 and lectured at universities in between writing and directing gigs. I also taught English GCSE and found being listed with a teaching agency beneficial to my freelance career in the early years.
If you have ever specialised in a subject, tutoring is a great way to bring in cash for only a few hours’ work. Tutors can charge up to £40 an hour, although you will need to work around the actual lesson to prepare and mark the work.
Agencies will often require that you have at least a degree in the subject you want to teach and can then guarantee work, but they often pay substantially less.
If you want to work for yourself, you may struggle at first, but if you build a good reputation, the business will soon follow.
Besides, having a child in school is a great way to meet new potential customers!
I’d love to hear from you on careers you’ve had or businesses you’ve built which work well around your family.