Flexible Jobs for Mums
Returning to work after maternity leave or an extended career break can be a difficult time for both a parent and a child.
For women returners, this can be a time of doubt and worry, but with the right support and advice you can make the right decision for you and your family, meaning a smoother transition back into the working world. It’s a good idea to get some careers advice if you aren’t sure which direction you want your career to take, or at the very least you need to make some plans about what sort of work you would like to do, how much you need to earn and whether there is any help with childcare costs you can claim.
Many of the jobs on Work For Mums are appropriate for mums as they offer flexibility with working hours such as part time jobs or work from home options. Let’s not forget the dads though! All our jobs are suitable for both male and female applicants unless the job is exempt under the sex discrimination act.
As a women returner, you should consider asking your current employer (if you are maternity leave) or your prospective employer about flexible working.
What is Flexible Working?
Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs such as being able to work certain hours or work from home. Anyone can ask their employer to work flexibly. If you are an employee who cares for someone (this can be your children or another adult) then you have the legal right to request flexible working. Many employers offer flexi-time whereby you can arrive at work between a certain time period, say between 7.30am and 9.00am and then leaving between 4.30pm and 6.00pm. Weekly contracted hours still have to be met and are usually recorded on an electronic time sheet or similar. There may also be work from home options available.
Flexible Job Types For Mums
There are some career and job choices which are particularly suited to mums, such as term time only jobs or shifts which are deemed ‘family friendly’. Here are some occupations which you could consider as a working mum:
Teaching Assistant (TA) roles are usually very flexible and often perfectly suited to mums as they are term time only. Usually there are no specific qualifications required. Being a TA can lead onto a career in teaching, allowing you to study within the workplace and maybe eventually completing a PGCE Open University course.
Find out more on TES Connect Website: tes.co.uk
Health Care Assistant
As a Health Care Assistant part-time and flexible working options are usually available, although you must be prepared to work shifts in the evening and at weekends. There are opportunities for progression through training and there are many occupational areas which you can explore within the nursing field.
Find out more on the NHS website: nhscareers.nhs.uk
Direct selling is where you buy a product or service from an individual either at your own home (or someone else’s), from a brochure or via the Internet. Sellers are not employed by the company whose products they have chosen to sell and are self employed. Hours are completely flexible although you will need to be very motivated and dedicated to make a direct selling business successful.
Find out more on the Direct Selling Association website: dsa.org.uk
As a childminder you can specify the hours you want to work although you would need to take into account the needs of parents whom will be using your services. You do not need any qualifications although you do need to be registered with Ofsted.
Find out more on the National Careers Service Website: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Starting Your Own Business
There are many ideas for starting your own work from home business but it’s important that you research thoroughly before you make any decisions.
Find out more on the Gov UK website: gov.uk/business/setting-up
For more useful articles and ideas, please visit our career resources. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or if you would like to share your experience of returning to work please get in touch, we would love to hear your story.