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You might not realize it, but while being a mom, you have been living in a bubble. Your life will have revolved around your family not much else. Returning to work after being gone for a while can be super scary.
You have to deal with separation anxiety, guilt, and the worry of actually working again. We know it’s going to be tough, but everyone has to do it at some point! So, we think we’ve found a few careers that are perfect for those of you who are returning to work that will also utilize some of your new skills.
You’re already going to be pretty well equipped with dealing with children. In fact, you’re so well equipped, that you’re perfect for this role. Being a mom makes you so empathetic, patient, and caring. That’s exactly what you need to be for a role as a social care worker. But, social care is not all about children. Helping adults and entire families play a big part in this role too.
For us moms, it might be more uplifting focusing on adults. Sad cases with children might pull at your heartstrings a bit too much. But, with adults, there is more of a sense of a challenge and accomplishment.
You can complete an advanced MSW program, and it’ll put you on the right path if you already have a Bachelor of Social Work. The program is super flexible. You can even do it around a job, whilst you wait to become further qualified.
Child Care Worker
This is either going to sound really appealing to you, or you’re going to hate the idea!
Becoming a childcare worker would obviously mean surrounding yourself with children all of the time (something you are used to anyway). For those of you who love being surrounded by the little ones, then what better job is there for you.
This is such a flexible role, and you don’t always have to be working 5 days a week. Going part-time is easy to work around your children, and they could even be bought into work with you most of the time. The pay might not be as good, but it’s a rewarding job!
Marketing is also a possibility. You’re already a master at convincing your children to do things. Why not put your great persuasive powers and communication skills to use? There’s just so much you can do in this field.
Whether you work for a company to start and then choose to go solo and work from home, it doesn’t matter. As long as you gain the skills and the knowledge that you need, this career could take you anywhere!
Try getting a traineeship, or an administration role and work your way up. It could allow you the flexibility to work at home with your kids nearby or be home for them when they get out of school.
Returning to work after any hiatus can be tricky. Tricky but doable. You are an accomplished woman that can do anything you put your mind to. Remember that!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.