Following Your Own Career Path When You Are a Full-Time Parent

When you are a full-time parent and look after your little ones, you sometimes put your own career ambitions on hold, as your family is your priority. It is never too late to follow your own dreams, as well. Whether venturing down a different avenue career-wise or perhaps getting back into studying, maybe this is something that you could gradually incorporate into your routine as you raise your children. Following your own career path when you are a full-time parent can sometimes feel like a burden or the last thing on your priority list, but you should never rule out your own career completely, especially if you wish to return to work one day.

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The Skill of Caring For Others 

Being a parent enables you to demonstrate a caring and empathetic attitude, so perhaps you could transfer these skills to a job in social care. All you would need to do is follow a short course in Care Certificate standards to work in this field. You could complete something in your spare time when the children are settled in bed, or you have a quiet moment during the day. 

Language Skills

If you are proficient in a particular language, or even better in several, you could undertake a part-time job that involves proofreading and spell checking other writers’ work. This would be easy to do from home. All you would need is access to the internet and a laptop to edit the work.

Another area you could head towards is part-time mentoring/tutoring other children. Assuming you are not already fed up with having to homeschool this past year, of course! 

Creative Streak

You could tap into your inner creativity and put pen to paper by writing a short story or novel.  It would often help if you had the time to sit down and capture your ideas onto paper. Once you begin, you might find your ideas will start flowing more naturally. This is certainly something feasible when you are spending time at home with your little ones. It would help if you found a way to incorporate this into your routine.

Within the creative aspect, if you are proficient at creating something from scratch like sewing an item of clothing, putting together pots of house plants, creating jewellery or producing a piece of wall art, you could set up an Etsy or eBay account and start selling a few items each week. You will be surprised at how many people will want to buy your home creations. It is something you could gradually expand on once you gain more confidence. It will certainly be nice to have the extra money coming in. 

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Feel Like a Student Again

Perhaps you feel like studying again, which is something you have not done for a long time. There are many online courses available now, which you can work along in your own time to obtain the certificate. The subject ranges are extensive so that it could be a course in Health & Beauty, Aromatherapy, Business and Finance, Counselling, Interior Design, Law and Politics, Languages and many more.

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As someone who embarked on a degree at 30 years old, returning to education or a career change can feel overwhelming, but as mentioned above, there are many options you could explore. At the same time, you continue to concentrate on bringing up your family while following your own career path when you are a full-time parent.

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  1. I love this post! Thank you for sharing these ideas for parents to find what they want to do and look out for themselves even while bringing up their children x

    1. alittlebitsocial2 says:

      Thank you, I think it’s harder these days. With the cost of everything going up, most parents have to work and just because you have children doesn’t mean your career shouldn’t matter!

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