The decision to have a baby is life changing. Not only are the first few months full of sleepless nights, countless nappy changes, and an adjustment to a new normal, but they completely change who you are as a person as well. Many first-time parents struggle to return to the daily grind of a 9 to 5 after having a baby, instead wanting to be there for baby’s first smile, school and nursery runs, and all the other little milestones. If this sounds like you, don’t panic. There’s a great selection of jobs that you can train for and that fit perfectly around a little one’s schedule. Here are just four:
1. Work in a School
Whether it’s in the school office, in the classroom, or you take the leap and enrol onto a teaching degree, finding work in a school is ideal for parents who want to spend more time with their kids. The obvious plus to this career choice is that you’ll be able to take advantage of all the same holidays as your child. You’ll also finish not long after their school day ends and won’t miss out on any time with them in the evening. The Department of Education’s website is well worth a look for an idea of what to expect when working in a school.
2. Become a Freelance Personal Trainer
The great thing about going freelance is that you can set your own hours and work on the days – and times – that suit you the most. There are a number of great freelance options out there, but personal training is ideal for those who want to spend their days doing some form of activity. It’s best to take a personal training course through a company like TRAINFITNESS before jumping in to this career. Doing so will show your clients that you know what you are doing, and it will give you the confidence you need to excel. Visit their website if you want to find out more about the personal training courses available.
3. Work for the NHS
While it may be surprising, the NHS do offer the option to work purely during term-time. This means, like those working in a school, you have the option to not work during the school holidays. The NHS jobs website lists the available jobs in each area, but it’s worth keeping in mind that you will need professional training to work in a care role.
4. Start an Online Business
Finally, there’s always the option to start an online business. Whether you have coding skills that mean you can start your own app development company, or you are handy with a sewing machine and think you’ve got what it takes to make children’s clothes, starting an online business is an option available to anyone and doesn’t necessarily require education. It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that while starting an online business does technically mean you can choose your own hours, it is easy to end up working longer days than you would in a normal 9-5.
Have you left the daily grind and found a career that lets you work around your kids? Let us know what it is in the comments.