Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Finding a Job as a Mum

In an ideal world, everyone would have built up their career to an amazing level before having a baby so that they can easily afford a whole year off work, then go back well able to afford childcare on the salary they are on. Unfortunately this falls down in several ways. Firstly that if you are in a really well paid job that allows you to easily afford childcare then chances are your employer won't be best impressed with you taking two weeks off when your child has chicken pox, or the nursery rings you after they vomit. Your employer also won't want to hear that you haven't slept in over 14 months or see you cry sitting slumped at your desk. Not that this is reserved for well paid jobs, I suspect this covers all employment!

The other thing is that not everyone has planned things so minutely that they have actually got where they want to be in a job, or perhaps you are self employed and can only take 2 hours off after giving birth? Whichever way you look at it, working after you've had children is very very hard.
It must be even harder for those people who are made redundant, or need to find a new job when they have young children. There really are very few flexible options available, even so called child friendly jobs like teaching are becoming more and more difficult to function in if you have small children. I am lucky in that I have recently found two new part time jobs, but it wasn't easy and I had to do a lot of leg work to get there. There are quite a few useful websites you can use when looking for a new job, but as a working mum I like to have a browse at http://www.workingmums.co.uk every couple of days. I just tailor it to my local area and it tells me what suitable jobs there are, and they are all advertised with mums in mind. A lot of the jobs are either work from home or working flexibly.

It might be worth having a look at even if you are in a job as there are loads of useful opportunities on there and I'm also assuming that the companies that advertise their jobs on there are already thinking along the right lines by advertising on a "working mums" job site? I wish all employers were so forward thinking. I am more focused now than I've ever been and since having children I've so much more stamina and maturity.

Take a look at the site, let me know what you think and if you have any success?

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