Is Back to School the Right Time for a Career Change?

If you spent most of the summer vacationing with your kids, keeping them entertained during the weekend, and had little time to think about your own career and future, chances are that you might need a break from the routine and start thinking about your long term career choices. Whether you are stuck in a dead end job or would like to speed up your career progression, once the kids are settled back into their own routine, you are likely to have more time to think things through. Below you will find a few tips on how to analyze your situation.

 

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Consider Your Free Time

One of the main mistakes people make when creating plans for the future is that they don’t consider their limitations. If you have only five hours free during the week, you will not be able to manage building a business and going back to college, as well as looking after the kids. Even after the kids go back to school, you will have to give them a lift and stay home at night. You need to be realistic when it comes to time commitments and make sure that you don’t have to give up your plans before you would succeed.

Explore Child Care Options

 

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If you would like to free up time and focus more on your career development, you will have to look for after school clubs or child care services, so you can keep studying without distractions. If you have older kids, you can get them to look after the little ones and learn to be responsible and helping you out.

Look for Education Programs with Flexible Schedule

If you have a young family, chances are that you will need a program that gives you the flexibility you need. After all, kids get sick, they need to go to the doctor, they have soccer practice, and dentist appointments. Whether you are looking for a public safety degree or would like to advance your admin skills, set up your business, or learn a new language, you will find plenty of online courses that will help you work towards your goal.

Set Measurable Goals

To  succeed with your learning and career progression, it is important that you set measurable goals and break down the larger project into smaller, manageable tasks. Do your research and find out which qualifications you need to better your career and how you can get that promotion. Sit down with your supervisor and create a plan together, crafting a detailed roadmap to success. This way, you can stay focused on what you would like to achieve during this school year and how you can improve your finances, career options, and work life balance.

 

The beginning of the school year is often stressful for parents. Once kids have settled down into their routines, however, you can start focusing on your own needs and aspirations a bit more and work on your career progression plan to improve your finances and family life.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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