The career needs of working moms really don’t make it easy to be both supermom at home and corporate climbing competitor at work.
For the past decade, I have been working towards a dream of becoming a psychometrist and ultimately an industrial psychologist. My dreams were shattered a couple of weeks ago when I crept out of my imaginary world and finally faced reality.
I am an ENTP, which means, I thrive when I have a vision…
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For a couple of days, I found myself wandering around aimlessly wondering where I’m going. I was told becoming a business analysis would be the ‘smart’ thing to do. But let’s face it, the smart thing isn’t always the sensible thing – especially if it doesn’t give me the kind of lifestyle I’m are working towards. One thing led to another and it was time for me to review what’s important to me.
List of Career Needs of Working Moms
Here’s a list of things I value and deem as important when I consider my current and future career.
One of the things I love most about my boss is that he believes family comes first. When my kids are sick, he allows me to tend to their needs and work from home. It is something I value and appreciate about my current working arrangements.
Even though I have no grounds to complain, I really crave greater flexibility. I want to be able to sit next to the cricket field watching Oliver’s game. Or be at home during the exam season when my kids need me most.
Work-life balance is a luxury. To be focussed and determined at work is one thing, but to get home and apply the same or more intensity and passion at home, is something I strive for.
I guess that is why taking real breaks to relax and unwind is so important. I could probably ramble on about this one topic. But for now, I will leave it at that!
Moving or being active at work has I never really been a priority for me until fairly recently, however, I have noticed that a passive sitting position all day at work, makes me lazy. I get home exhausted, my muscles are stiff and my mood is dull. Days, that I am out and about, training staff are much better. I find the change in scenery and the on-the-move quality of the day refreshing.
It is for this reason, that considering a position or a career that gives me a chance to move around is really appealing to me at the moment.
Creative inspiration and or Problems to Solve
I get bored fairly easily and when I’m bored I am not the most pleasant person to work with. Thankfully I am really easy to inspire if I’m given a goal or a big picture with a problem or equation to solve.
Being renumerated according to your worth, knowledge and the quality work you are able to deliver is a top priority for me at the moment. In return, I’m willing to bring my A-game and exceed expectation.
So I know more is a broad category, but I believe, a career needs to offer you more. More opportunities to get to know yourself and develop your skills and talents. Room for you to bring your own ideas and initiatives. The opportunity to learn, the opportunity to share what you know and develop those around you.
A career needs to offer more, otherwise, it is simply a job.
The Perfect Career
If I take the time, I am sure I would be able to add a whole bunch of other priorities to the list. But in all fairness, establishing the perfect career is the same as finding the perfect man. There is no such thing and subsequently, there is no reason for me to add to the checklist!
As all good self-help books would say, in order to find Mr Perfect, you need to be the best version of yourself. In this instance, in order to have the perfect career, you need to be resilient and adaptable. You’ll need to see opportunity where others overlook it and you will need to be willing to work harder and smarter than anyone else. All while keeping perspective and balance.
See what I mean, sounds near impossible!
What About Passion?
As an end note, I really want to add, that passion in no-where on my list! I guess that is because passion is the starting point! We spend so much time are work, what is the point of doing something you aren’t passionate about?
If you aren’t passionate about your career, take the steps needed to change what you do! I wrote a post about how I ended up with a major in industrial and organisation. The post is called “How to Choose a Degree Major that is Right for You”
And I am not saying enrol for a degree at a university. What I am saying, is get thinking, start looking at your job as more than just a job. Consider the possibility of starting a business. Get perspective and get creative!