There’s the idea that being a parent is not conducive to getting ahead in a career, and this, to a degree, is true. After all, the ones who get ahead are the ones who treat their job as an extension of their lifestyle. And as a parent, you can’t do that; you have much more important things to be thinking about. Still, while you can’t eat, breathe, and sleep your work, you can still get ahead in your work. Here’s how.
Choose a Career That Uses Your Skills
Humans are highly adaptable. They can sandwich themselves into almost anything, and this is especially true when it comes to their work. Even if it’s not something you’re naturally drawn to, you can find a way to make it work, with success. But if you’re going to be balancing work and home life, it’s best to choose a career that makes the most of your existing skills. If you’re a mother who’s returning to the workforce, why not look at a job that makes the most of the skills you’ve acquired through parenthood, such as becoming a teacher or a nurse? Your job will be much easier if you’re not “faking” it.
Be Reachable Beyond the Office
You’re not going to be able to spend long hours in the office, like the other people who want to get ahead are. You’ll need to pick the kids up from school, arrange the dinner, and so on. But just because you can’t physically be there, that doesn’t mean that you’re unable to go the extra mile. You can! When the kids are watching television, or you’re waiting for the dinner to cook, you can spend some time doing work. The internet has made it easy to work from wherever we are, so all you’ll need is your laptop and an internet connection.
Top Up Your Skills
The best way to get ahead in any career is to make yourself indispensable to your organisation. One way to do this is to top up your skills. If you work in advertising, then taking a course in online marketing would be useful. If you’re a nurse, then look at online msn nursing programs. If you work in sales, then a business communications course or similar would be appropriate. In so doing, you’ll be giving yourself the skills that are needed for the higher positions, and showing your employers that becoming a success in your field is a top priority.
It’s important that you’re not dealing with home issues while you’re at work. Of course, sometimes this is unavoidable, but most of the time, it’s not. Stay focused when you’re at work; indeed, you should try to enter “split personality” mode, whereby you’re fully focused on the job at hand, and nothing else. This will be easier to achieve if you’re well organised; you won’t have to hastily make arrangements for childcare in between meetings – it’ll all be taken care of. The employers won’t even notice that there’s anything different about your arrangement.
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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