Being a mum is not easy. You have so many responsibilities now you’re a parent that you will have for the rest of your life. It’s a full-time job that has no downtime which can make returning to learning feel like a pipedream.
As mums, in particular, we have to put a lot on hold as parents. You may have taken time off work, or packed it in all together so you can have more time with your baby. Or maybe you’ve had to cancel any courses you were doing for the same reason. So if you’re thinking about returning to learning, where on earth do you start?
Refocusing attention on you
It’s important that you know that you don’t have to put your whole entire life on hold. You can still have a social life and a career, regardless of the baby you’ve just given birth to – you’re just going to have to work that little bit harder.
If you’re still not sure – here are a couple of ideas why it’s a magical idea to learn, again.
Learning from home
Did you know that you can get your grades online? You don’t even have to be apart from your child; you can do all the courses and training that you need from the comfort of your own home. This is great because it means that you can fit in your learning around your busy mama life. So maybe you have always taken an interest in finance, but then you got pregnant – well now you can find online mba finance programs. The possibilities are endless, so get looking online at courses that interest you, and work towards getting all the qualifications you need in order to bag your dream job in the future.
Look at apprenticeships
Another great option for parents looking to upskill is an apprenticeship. If you’re looking to return to learning as a route into the workplace, then apprenticeships can be a great way of giving you a route back into work after a career break. For example, Training Provider – Apprenticeships & Courses offer early years, childcare, and business apprenticeships in England as well as fitness courses and short courses.
Discovering true happiness
Leaning doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a goal at the end. You can just do it to brush up on skills that you may have lacked learning because you didn’t have the time. Leaning can mean many different things; it doesn’t just entail endless amounts of studying. It may mean picking up a book that interests you – or doesn’t, and then a few pages in you may find yourself in this other world that you could have never dreamed of, and this can all be done while your little one is having a nap. Or maybe you may turn on the tv and watch a documentary about our oceans, only to find you have a fascination for the marine life, and you’d like to one day explore it yourself.
The point is, having a child doesn’t mean that the life you once had is gone. It just means you need to fight a little bit more to find your happy. It can come, and go, and change many times throughout your life, and that’s what makes it such an adventure.
Are you thinking about returning to learning? Let us know in a comment below.