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For a long time, many of us have been taught that we have to make a decision – whether we want to pursue a career or whether we want to have kids and raise a family. Thankfully, nowadays, many of us are beginning to realise that this isn’t true and things aren’t as black and white as that.
In fact, there are countless people out there proving that you can have both and that you can do both well. When it comes down to it, you can have almost any career and still raise healthy and happy little ones, spending plenty of quality time with them. But if you want things to be extremely flexible to work entirely around your kids while minimising the amount of time they spend at childcare, there are a few types of careers that could be particularly well suited to you. Here are a few that you might want to take into consideration.
Freelance work is one of the most flexible career choices out there. When you freelance, you are self-employed, which makes you your own boss. You can call the shots when it comes to your working hours, where you work from and much more. This can make life a whole lot easier.
When you’re employed, you have to ask permission to take time off. You can feel as if you’re letting the team down if you have to skip a meeting or a few days of work to look after your kids at home if they get sick at all. You may not be allowed to work from home if you do need to work from home to accommodate any issues. When you freelance, you can simply work around familial commitments and responsibilities. If you have to take your kid somewhere, you can have the morning off and return to work when you’re done, making up the hours elsewhere in the week.
There are many freelance careers out there, so see whether your current skills are transferable. If not, you can retrain for a different role! Take a course that can qualify you for a role that is more freelance friendly at Suffolk.
Of course, part-time work can also work well around kids who are a bit of a handful. Part-time work allows you to advance your career, while still having plenty of time to bring up little ones at home. This can reduce childcare costs where you’d be working a full-time job and can also give you plenty more bonding time. If you have a full-time job currently, it’s worth talking to your employer about reducing your hours if this will make life easier for you. If they can’t adapt to this, you may want to consider looking at applying for alternative part-time roles with different companies.
These, of course, are only a couple of the work well around kids options available to you. But maybe they could work for you! Give them a think over and do what’s best for you!