While your official title may be Mom, your job description reads more like CEO, CFO, and logistics coordinator. You work around a budget, manage schedules and keep everything moving. Did a pair of shoes go missing? You can find them, even if they are not yours. You diffuse sibling arguments and keep the dog fed. You are an organized, accomplished wonder – even if it doesn’t always feel like it. As your children get older, you may start to think about returning to paid employment. If you have concerns about how to translate your time as a stay-at-home mom into professionally relevant experience, relax. More and more employers recognize the value employees with parental experience bring to the workplace.
Create an Inventory
Before you even start crafting a resume, make a list of your skills and experience. Don’t focus on just past education and paid work. Get creative with what you’ve learned as a parent. For example, think about all the chores you get done during nap time. Give yourself credit for fantastic time management. The same goes for scheduling. Keeping track of medical appointments, playdates, and no-school days counts.
Employers look for candidates that are self-motivated and organized. While it may not seem like it, that’s you. You do not always feel like completing those vital but mundane chores like laundry, cooking and grocery shopping, but you get them done. That same attitude makes you an ideal prospect for companies looking for responsible people who add to productivity and a positive office environment.
Explore Your Options
If you haven’t yet figured out what you want to be when you grow up, your know-how as a parent can help steer your career path. Perhaps you need something completely different and would relish the challenges of a goal-driven sales career. Maybe your time as a parent has made you think about other values.
Social work can be a great way to put your knowledge to work in a career that makes a positive impact. No longer just social services employees , today’s social workers have an enormous variety of roles. From positions in human resource departments to health care and conflict resolution, trained social workers can have tremendous variety in career options.
Head Back to School
If a career like social work appeals to you, go for it. Don’t let the need for an additional degree or training stand in your way. Invest in yourself and your future. Distance learning can be the perfect way for people like you to fit a degree into your current lifestyle. For example, ACU has a conflict resolution degree program online that is worth exploring. Distance learning is growing in popularity because of its fantastic benefits which mean that students don’t have to be physically present at school. Other universities like the University of Southern California, offer online programs as well, so take your time and explore your options. You’ll be able to find the perfect course for your needs. Get detailed information about the costs, student supports, and faculty experience. As you visit different schools’ websites, be sure and learn more about case western’s social work degree options.
Being a parent is a 24/7 job that brings its own rewards. If you are the parent exploring your career options, don’t forget to include that job experience in your skills inventory. Applied strategically, your time as household CEO/CFO has marketable value.
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