Whether you’re planning on going back to your old job, or want to do something different, many new moms often take this opportunity to make a change to their career track in order to cope with the new family dynamic.
Don’t rush to a decision
The first few weeks and months after welcoming a new arrival can be overwhelming, and a difficult time to make big decisions, particularly if you’re sleep deprived.
Be prepared to feel a range of emotions
There’s no right way to feel about working after you’ve had children. You may be desperate to get back to work and feel a little more like yourself again. Perhaps you’ve been working hard towards a career goal and having a child has reinforced this. There are many options for jobs for stay at home Moms depending on your skillset. Some people find that their interest in working lessens and they would prefer not to set foot in their old job again if they could afford it. Your career is about what is right for you. Don’t feel bad about it, just follow your own heart.
Research your options
What do you want to do? Are you planning to take a career break, retrain for a different career or find a flexible position? Each of these has consequences for your routine and your finances. Do as much research as you can into your chosen route to make sure that it’s the best option for you.
Talk to your employer
Many employers are prepared to consider flexible and remote working requests from those with small children at home. Talk with your boss and your HR department to see what your options are in this area.
Get a handle on the finances
It will be easier to make a more informed decision on your working situation if you have a clear idea of the costs of raising a child, at least in the early years. Food, clothing, insurance, toys, and childcare costs all add up. Are you planning to start a savings fund for your child or put more into a daily savings pot? You’ll also need to have some contingency for unexpected costs or emergencies.
Talk to others
Discuss your situation with other people who have been through it already. Whether this is another Mom who is a close friend or colleague, they may be able to give you some insight. If you don’t have any you can talk to them directly, there are many groups online devoted to this. If you ask, you’ll get a lot of great information and advice.
Use a career coach
The career coach industry is booming right now. Professionals at all levels are using them to assess their career trajectory and map out the next steps. There are many devoted to helping women and new parents, so it could be worth seeking out a specialist in this area.
Juggling family and a career is difficult for everyone, even those who look like they have it down are either lying or have extensive resources to help them do this. Finding what works for you and your family is the most important thing.