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How to Retrain for a New Career When You Have Kids to Look After


Becoming a new parent can often mean that chasing your dream career gets put on hold. Training, learning, and getting the relevant qualifications needed to pursue the career that you’ve always wanted can seem an impossible task in between changing diapers and preparing bottles. Not only that, but changing careers can often take a lot of time, something which many parents don’t really have much of. If you’re struggling to find a sitter for your children so that you can attend a night class, for example, you’ll know all too well how difficult training for a new career when you’re a parent can be. Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to make it easier on yourself.

Online Learning

Thanks to the internet, you can now obtain a wide range of different qualifications online without the need to attend classes or enroll in a physical school or college. Online qualifications are very popular with parents who are looking to further their education or pursue a new career, as it gives them the opportunity to study from the comfort of their own home and is flexible enough to allow parents to tailor their study times around their kids. For example, those taking online classes for online bachelor degrees could easily do their studying and revision in the evening when the kids are in bed. Many online education programs offer one to one support with a tutor and provide or recommend text books, so you can be sure that you will get a good standard of teaching.

Working woman at home

Child-Friendly College Courses

If you are lucky enough to live near a school or college which is child-friendly, you may wish to consider enrolling. Colleges which support mature students who have children may offer childcare facilities or even allow you to take your child into lectures with you providing they do not disrupt the lesson. If this seems like something that you would prefer over online learning or if you value a physical lesson and set timetable more, you might want to speak to certain college about it – even if they do not advertise themselves as child-friendly, they may still have some facilities that you can use.

Distance Learning

Similar to online learning, distance learning is when you enroll with a school or college but rather than attend lessons you will be sent the work. Many people prefer this to online learning as it means that you can get a degree or other qualification from a physical school rather than an online one. However, the work is done in much the same way as online learning, and you will be offered support from tutors usually either via web chat or over the telephone. You will probably also be expected to submit assignments and other work via an online system.

How did you prepare to change careers after having kids? What would you recommend to other parents looking to further their qualifications and pursue a different career? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.


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