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.
I found myself back at work, and to be honest it was a hard slog. I couldn’t remember feeling this way about my career before I had kids – I just wasn’t engaged any more. And what was worse was that I couldn’t imagine sticking it out in the same career for another 30 years.
Just as an FYI, this post is sponsored by SEEK Learning. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
So I Googled SEEK Learning and went straight into the study and career advice section. It was here I began to think more about what I REALLY wanted to do – and I realised I wanted to be able to help people. There were plenty of career paths available, from childcare to teaching and community work, but psychology just connected with me the most. But which course would be best – both for my busy lifestyle as well as my new career goals?