Being a stay-at-home parent doesn’t preclude you from having a successful career. On the contrary, many parents find more success after the birth of their children – and so could you. You could return to school and, later, re-enter the workforce or start your own business.
All you need is a clear vision and some careful planning. Here, Babyology offers solid advice on furthering your career-related ambitions as a stay-at-home parent.
Be clear about your goals
Having a clear idea of the career you’d like to have, the formal education you’d like to pursue, or the business you’d like to start will allow you to focus your efforts appropriately.
For instance, would you like a full-time job or a part-time one? Is a certificate program enough to get you a foot in the door, or do you need a degree? What business skills or knowledge do you need to be successful?
Consider the type of degree that would best boost your business acumen
Match the education you’d like to pursue to your goals. College Consensus offers a list of in-demand degrees that’s worth checking out. To sum it up, teaching in healthcare, engineering, computer and information technology, and data science could help you find a well-paying job.
On the other hand, if you’d like to start your own business, getting educated in subjects like accounting, administration, finance, and management will stand you in good stead.
How to find affordable opportunities to go back to school
Going back to school can be expensive. But there are ways you could do it affordably. You can ask for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA), use tax breaks, apply for scholarships or grants, create a 529 savings plan, and so much more.
Of course, a low-interest student loan and other low-cost educational opportunities are always an option (although the interest rate will pile up).
Earning a degree online can be a convenient option
Choosing to pursue an online program can be a convenient option. In addition, online degrees are more affordable. You are spared from commuting expenses and have the flexibility to balance work, family, and school. For example, with a degree in computer science, employees can learn computer theory, coding, web development, and other skills they could use to find jobs.
When looking for an online school, ensure it is accredited and offers competitive tuition rates.
Finding a new job after your schooling will take some doing
Finding a good job requires time and energy, especially in the current job market. Prepare yourself – job hunt actively, network, create social media profiles, brush up on your interview skills, and consider temp job options.
You may find yourself with a significant gap in your resume as a stay-at-home parent. So, be prepared to field questions about your absence from the workforce.
The way you present yourself will open (or close) many doors
Sometimes the wrapping matters more than the gift itself. Presenting yourself well will help you get a foot in the door in many places, even if you don’t have experience. Pay special attention to your resume - you can use it to create a powerful first impression on prospective employers.
You can create a stellar and professional-looking resume online by using a free resume builder. You can choose from a library of professionally-designed resume templates and add your copy, photos, and colors.
Starting your own business is always an option
Having your own business gives you extra flexibility and earning potential. It’s not as complicated as you might think. Although you don’t necessarily need to invest much money, it will require you a lot of effort – especially when you still have a family to care for.
To begin, develop a solid idea that’s in demand and has future potential based on your skills and preferences. Then, writing a business plan will help bring your vision to life and structure your business.
Make caring for you and your baby a priority
Being a parent can be a full-time job – and then you need time and energy for your actual job. You’ll need to prioritize your mental, physical, and emotional well-being to avoid burning out. Create a self-care routine and fill it with healthful activities like nature walks, meditation, and yoga.
Your child needs active care too. You can create a care routine for your baby to look after them properly with your partner’s assistance. Babyology offers naturally-sourced and clinically-tested bath and skin products that can revitalize and rejuvenate you and your child.
Expect to make many sacrifices when attempting to achieve your goals. Prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for a challenging few months (or years). For the best results, learn how to make the most of your day to balance your parental duties with work. The rewards will be well worth it; you’ll have financial stability, a successful career, and a brighter future.
GUEST AUTHOR: Danny KNIGHT