By LISA MITCHELL
Having children changes you in every single way. When we first have to leave our precious little humans, even for a short amount of time, it hurts, physically and emotionally.
Our every instinct screams at us to stay with them. So we become pickier about what we allow to take us away from our families.
As I started to emerge from the fog of those first few months I began to notice that my mum friends had fallen into two groups:
- Those who couldn’t bear the thought of returning to their previous career and wanted to do something more meaningful after having kids (I was one of them).
- Those who wanted to stay in their chosen field but move into a role that would put their family into a better financial position. (My sister fell into this basket).
But how on earth are we meant to achieve either of these goals while working and raising our families? I wasn’t sure what the answer was until I began to look at education as a way of filling my knowledge gaps, developing my skillset and helping me to change my career.
Part of the answer was reminding myself that this wasn’t a selfish decision – because when you better yourself, it benefits your kids and entire family as well.
The other part of the answer came in the form of SEEK Learning. I’d been hearing advertisements for SEEK Learning for years and filed them away in the back of my mind, hoping that one day I would have the time and energy to further my education. I was always waiting for the right time, for enough money and for enough energy. Ironically, it wasn’t until I had children that the right moment occurred.