• J
  • Kenilworth, United Kingdom
  • a year ago

Career change after maternity leave

Has anyone considered, or better still actioned a change of career after maternity leave? The logistics and structure of my job just don’t seem to work with two in childcare, and considering a change of job has led to me considering a change of career, but applying for a new role with family friendly hours is looking to be extremely restrictive. It seems like it’s full time if you want a career, and ‘just a job’ or ‘best stay where you are where you have rights to request flexi working’ if you need to fit the nursery run in. Feeling a bit deflated! Any advice or tips!?
  • C
  • Hope Island, Australia
  • a year ago

I totally feel ya! I was in a corporate role before having my son + if I went back I was having to basically chose work over my son + place him in daycare (+ the fees are ridiculously expensive) which we weren’t willing to do! I started an online business when Koa was 6 weeks old + now I get to work from home + still spend time with him. Have you considered working online or from home? X

  • J
  • Kenilworth, United Kingdom
  • a year ago

I’d love to start something like that, but I’m unsure the realistic earnings are going to be enough to work? I’d need to have the girls in nursery sometimes I think, for my sanity and their development (Millie loves it and I’d hate to take her out ), and worry could I earn enough to justify that.

  • M
  • Flagstaff, United States
  • a year ago

What type of business did you start?

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  • G
  • Strathroy-Caradoc, Canada
  • a year ago

This is Something I am considering as well! I’m a tradeswoman. Gone for 10-12 hrs a day for 3 months at a time depending on work. I can’t see my job working with the new one .... I feel ya mama🥵

  • D
  • Alexandria, USA
  • a year ago

I changed companies a year and a half after returning from leave to get out of a dead end job. Best I can say is that since I was entering a new area of work where I did not have domain knowledge and they did not give me the training resources, it was not the right company/role to move to. I also learned a few months in that all the important conversations happened after I would leave for the day to get my kid. If I had known that upfront I would never have taken the job. I do think it is extremely hard to make a productive move within the first few years postpartum but not impossible. However, if I could go back in time, I would have left that deadend job before baby so I would feel good and settled for awhile after baby.

  • S
  • Louisville, United States
  • a year ago

I’m in retail management and it requires long hours, weekends and more importantly less structure and consistent nights for my baby. I’m currently soul searching trying to figure out what my next adventure will be that will give me 8-5 and weekends off. I know that right now it feels like it will be just a job but thrive on ambition at work so it can’t be. I feel ya mama. Babies make you realize what’s important and more importantly what’s not!

  • M
  • Quincy, United States
  • a year ago

Yes! I was in college to be a social worker no I’m going into nursing since they do not have just the 9-5 hours and I can work nights while my daughters young and switch to days when she is in school!

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