I don't have children yet but I'm planning on ttc in the next 2 or 3 years, once I have finished my degree . I'm currently studying for a degree in education on a part-time basis and working full-time as a HLTA in a special school. I leave home at 7 30am and tend to get home between 6 and 6 30 in the evenings, teaching is brilliant with the holidays but I am concerned as to how it would be with a family as the hours can be long and there's a lot of work to be completed at home. I have the option to move into social work once my degree has finished which is something I am interested in and something I think I will get more fulfilment out of instead of teaching.. I'm just concerned that if I leave teaching and work in a job with 'normal' holidays I will not be around for any children I have in the future, I really don't want to be an absent mother. Any help or input from working mothers would be really appreciated! Thank you xx
I think you are after the 'holy grail' - a stimulating and interesting job which allows you to be at home with your dc! You and hundreds of thousands of other parents up and down the country.
IME, your best bet is to get established in your chosen career, then, when you have dc, ask to go part time. Obviously it has financial implications - though potentially not as bad as you might think, the way the tax system now works, and with the saving you make on childcare - but it gives you the best of both worlds...... work 3 days a week and have 4 days at home with dc.