The elusive concept of a work-life balance is difficult to achieve – even more so when you’re juggling the responsibilities of having a family.
And then there’s the challenge of finding a career that not only pays the bills, but provides job satisfaction, a factor that often finds itself at the bottom of the priority list.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent looking to get back into work or simply switch up your career, seeking an opportunity to thrive or just to pay the bills, these three careers could be your perfect match.
As a parent, you have a unique understanding of the demand of care, which can give you great insight in workplaces where wellbeing is of the utmost important.
If you have a relevant foundation qualification, a top-up degree in Management & Leadership in Health & Social Care from ARU Distance Learning can help you attain leadership positions where you can have a positive influence on essential caring roles and services.
There are also a range of traditional, hands-on caring careers with young children, older people and other vulnerable groups for a role that is truly fulfilling and makes a difference.
Ridesharing and delivery
Thanks to the rise of apps like Uber, Uber Eats and Deliveroo, as well as independent services like Foodstuff, driving and delivery jobs are more flexible than ever, making them perfect for parents who need to fit their working hours around their kids
For most, all you’ll need is a driving licence – the majority of rideshare services ask that you’ve held this for at least one year.
But if you don’t drive, fear not! With many food delivery services, you don’t even need that, as many of their delivery drivers cycle between locations instead. Not only is it a great way to earn cash flexibly, but it’s an opportunity to grab some exercise too!
Recruitment may seem a surprising addition to this list, but it’s a great path for many parents for a number of reasons.
For one, it can offer an opportunity to work from home – as much of your networking will take place online or via email, you’ll have little need to be based in an office, although you may need to have certain meetings in person.
Additionally, it’s a role that requires a good judge of character – one of those special skills parents seem to miraculously develop in parenthood.
Not to mention recruitment can be a really rewarding experience as you help hopeful candidates find their dream roles, and help companies find a new addition to their team.
Recruitment experience can also be helpful for the future, as many companies often struggle to source new talent and value those with the know-how to find fantastic staff. Plus, it gives you a great insight into the hiring process, meaning you’ll know precisely how to ace any interview in the future.
These three varied careers provide fantastic opportunities for parents to earn and grow their professional abilities.
Have you worked in any of these roles as a parent? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below!
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