Education opens many doors of opportunity. Here some steps to help you get into the college of your choice when you have little ones to care for!
By the time we have kids, many of us imagine that our lives are pretty set in stone and fixed. We think that we should have everything figured out and that we should have a firm idea of where our lives are headed in terms of career and work. Some of us will know for certain that we want to be homemakers and will be in positions where this is possible. Some of us will have existing careers and will simply be taking a break from them to raise our little ones.
Some of us will have careers and will have the right childcare in place in order to continue these careers shortly after having our kids. But it’s also okay to feel a little lost when it comes to this subject. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t all have everything perfectly planned out when we have kids and many of us will spend a lot of time deciding what exactly we want to do once we’ve had our little ones.
A good option for those who want to change their career path once we want to return to work is to study. Studying can open all sorts of doors of opportunity, either within the field, you’ve already been working within or in order to retrain and requalify to enter a different field. Here are a few steps that will help you to get into the institution of your choice and to study well when you have little ones to cater to as well!
Choose a Mode of Study
First, you’re going to have to decide on a mode of study. Many parents are unable to complete university or college or any other kind of course in a similar way to young students who don’t have many responsibilities. You’re going to have to make sure that you can still take care of your own kids while completing a course. Of course, if you have a lot of support or can afford a lot of childcare, you could complete a full-time course. But most parents will generally take part-time courses in order to free up time for childcare or to free up time to work to pay the bills. Many parents also choose online courses, so that they have more variety in terms of which institutions they can study education with, without having to move and disrupt the kids.
Choosing a Course
Once you know how you can study, it’s time to consider what you want to study. Look into the role you want to pursue and see which qualifications are necessary to take on the role, or which degrees or qualifications are most desirable. This will help to tick employers’ boxes in regards to education or qualifications when it comes round to actually applying for the roles.
Sure, a return to higher education as a parent can be daunting. But it’s an opportunity that you should be aware of and should know is available to you!