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Flexible Careers For Working Parents

Trying to juggle both work and raising a family is no easy task, and depending on the type of job you have and the support network you have around you, it can be tougher for some people more than others, so it’s definitely something to consider if you’re planning on going back to work after having children or when they’re in school or daycare because it’s perhaps not going to be as easy as you thought it would be, and this might require looking into a possible career change.

So, if this is something you think might be an issue for you, then here are some of the best flexible careers for working parents.

Nurse:

Nursing is a hard job, but it’s also one that can be a good choice for parents because of the shifts that nurses are required to work due to this certainly not being a 9-5 career. 

You do have to train to be a nurse, however, depending on your qualifications, most amount of time it’s usually going to take is 4 years. Although this sounds like a lot, you can also do it part time, and you can work it around your family as well, and the payoff in the end is worth it because you have a job for life and one you can do pretty much anywhere in the world.

Medical or legal assistant:

If a full on nursing career isn’t what you’re looking for, then you may also want to consider other ways of working in the medical field, such as a medical assistant. Much of the work is going to be the same, including the shifts, but you just don’t have the same level of responsibility that a nurse would have and this can definitely help alleviate some of the pressure, so it’s worth considering.

Another option for you is perhaps not as hands-on, but it can provide you with a good level of work-life balance in the long run and that’s working as a legal assistant.

This is a more admin based role, so if you have computer and typing skills, then it’s a good thing to look into. There are always places such as Worrall Moss Martin Lawyers who are looking for good and reliable assistants to help with various admin tasks in the office, so if you’re looking for something part time and flexible after having children, this is an area to consider.

Teaching:

Teaching is an almost ideal career for those who are parents themselves because you’re basically working the same hours as your children are at school and this really helps in the long run when you don’t have to rely on people to pick them up or re-arrange your working hours around school pick up and finish times. 

The other great thing about being a teacher is that you have the full holidays the same as your children have and you’re getting paid leave during this time.

Customer service:

Customer service, such as call centres are round the clock businesses in most cases, and so this makes them a good place for parents to consider because of the flexible shift patterns. Most of them will offer things like flexi-time and will offer shifts to parents and students that help them work around their children and other commitments so you don’t have to worry about things like childcare.

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