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Four Jobs That Work Brilliantly Around Children

June 3, 2015 Jonny Lilley

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Life changes once you have children, though you probably don’t need us to tell you that! Once a upon a time you might’ve been happy to work from 8am to 6pm in an intense fast-paced job but post-children you may find that it just doesn’t work for you anymore.

A lot of parents choose this point in their lives to make a change. A more flexible job with less hours is likely to work better around the demands of young children, school pick-ups, holiday childcare and sick days… not to mention making it to the school play, dance performance or sports game!

Are you struggling to juggle the needs of your job against the needs of your family? It’s not surprising if you are. Reports show that the average working parent spends just an hour and twenty one minutes per day looking after their children. If this is true for you, it may feel like your job is winning the balance against your family.

Time for a change? Here are four types of jobs that work brilliantly around children.

One: Working in Education

Unfortunately, it’s a myth that teachers and other education workers are only required to be in school for the same amount of time as their students! In reality, teachers and education workers tend to work long hours during term time with no flexibility for days off. On the flip side, if you work in education you will get school holidays off, which is excellent when you have school-age children.

Two: Flexitime Contracts

More and more workplaces are seeing the benefits of offering their employees flexitime contracts. This type of contract gives you the freedom to work your contracted hours at a time that works best for you. If your employer hasn’t given you this option, you have a legal right to request it. There are usually limits to how you can use your hours, but you may be able to take a shorter lunch break, start early or finish late. This could be a real help to your family, especially if you and your partner both have flexitime contracts. Just think: you could start work after the school pick up while your partner goes in at 7am to be finished in time to pick them up.

Three: Home-based work

Virtual offices may sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but in fact they’re becoming more and more commonplace. Would you have guessed that 13.9% of UK workers work remotely? For many people, working in a virtual office gives them the best of both worlds: they get the security and guidance of working for an employer but they get to work from home. This gives them extra flexibility to manage both childcare and all the jobs that need to be done around the house. After all: you could be saving as much as a couple of hours every day in commuting time!

Four: Self-Employment

When you work for yourself you have the freedom to set your own working hours. This means that you can build a working schedule that benefits your family instead of hinders it. No longer will you have to stress about school drop offs or pick ups and who’s going to make it in time: after all, when you’re self-employed you’re totally in charge of your own time.

Of course, being a parent is never completely straight-forward, regardless of what job you do! The secret is to find a career that suits the needs of you and your family best. If you need some help deciding what that career is, why not connect with us on LinkedIn and start a conversation?

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