After you start having kids, you may find yourself at a career crossroads. Maybe you realize that you’re not really happy with your present employer. Maybe you would like another job within your industry that is a better fit for you and your family. Or maybe you’re unhappy in your current field and you want to break into a new area that you could thrive in. Any way you look at it, searching for another job can be overwhelming, especially if you're a first-time mom and dad.
The key to finding a new job after you start having kids is to decide what’s most important on your wish list. Your priorities may have changed now that you've become a parent, so take some time to refocus. What are you really looking for? What qualities do you expect a good employer to have? If you want to change industries, what transferable skills do you have? Do you want to work full time or part time? Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll be closer to getting another job you really like.
Focus on Flexibility
A career that offers flexibility can help you keep your work and your home life in balance. This goal is especially important for new parents. Fortunately, an increasing number of office managers are beginning to recognize how important this is for their employees, because the working-from-home trend is increasingly catching on. Some employers take this a step further—not requiring their employees to commute to an office at all—but still giving them the opportunity to earn a profit and prosper.
Consider Your Personality
Being a new mom or dad is an incredible experience, but it can be stressful as you adjust to life as a parent. The last thing you want to do is get another job that doesn’t let you use your greatest strengths and assets. You may wind up being miserable or not nearly as successful as you could be if you were doing something that really resonated with you.
"As long as you research your options and know what’s most important to you, finding a new job after having kids won’t be quite as difficult as you imagined it."
So, think about what kinds of industries would best suit your personality.
Someone who is relatable but also persuasive would probably do well in a field that involves interacting with other people, because these are qualities of effective salespeople and those who work in human resources or public relations. But if you enjoy working independently without having much interaction with clients or co-workers, you should probably look at other fields.
As long as you research your options and know what’s most important to you, finding a new job after you start having kids won’t be quite as difficult as you imagined it would be. Just don’t get discouraged if it takes you time to figure out what you really want to do. Your kids come first.
Interested in MPX’s work-from-home opportunity? Read about why our part-time job for moms is something to consider.