How to Find Fulfilling Jobs for Moms
BY KATHERINE LEWIS Updated on November 20, 2019
Do you believe that the best type of job for a mom, should be flexible, high-paying and enjoyable? If your job does not fit this description you've work to do and we can help!
First, which of these three characteristics are most important to you, work flexibility, salary, a work environment that values children, or a company that protects your rights (if you're like the majority, you prefer flexibility).
Next, how is your current role not supporting what you value? Is there someone in your organization that could help you out? If not, then it doesn't hurt to start looking for a place that'd be a good fit.
Luckily we have some resources to help you find a job that fulfills what you value most.
How to Find a Job That is Flexible
Your life as a working mom stretches from the intense days of caring for a newborn to the hectic time of preparing your high school senior to leave the nest. So it shouldn't be a surprise that the best jobs for moms are flexible, letting you ramp up your attention on your career and allow you slow down when the demands at home are more pressing.
Ideally, you would start thinking about flexibility when you choose a career field. But even if Granger Wootz/Blend Images/Getty Images you're already a successful executive, it's never too late to negotiate a flexible schedule.
How to Find a Job that Pays Well
Unfortunately, it's no use having an amazing, flexible job if your take-home pay won't cover child care. That's why it's important to pursue a career that will earn enough so when you do want to dial back the intensity, you can afford to do so.
Traditionally, male-oriented fields pay better than those dominated by women. But with an increase demand for nurses, historically female professions can have a resurgence. Learn Getty Images/ Hero Images about the pay scales in your field and related areas through networking and research, and you'll be in a better position to angle your way to more money.
How to Find a Job that Celebrates Children
So often, we try to leave our personal life at home and act "all business" at work. Wouldn't it be great to have a job where you could be seen as a whole person - mom, woman and worker - and freely discuss your children?
Take your cues from those around you when chatting about family life or bringing kids to the office. But don't be afraid to push boundaries, in an appropriate way, in acknowledging Getty Images/Emma Kim that you have home and care giving responsibilities. You may find that your first step frees your co-workers to discuss their family too, creating a more collegian and connected workplace.
Find a Job That Protect Your Rights
It should go without saying that the best jobs for moms respect your rights as an employee. Unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination still happens, and the work-life literature documents how the mommy track can derail a promising career.
Make sure you understand your rights and stay alert for warning signs that a prospective employer isn't progressive when it comes to working moms. For instance, when a hiring Getty images/Klaus Vedfelt manager asks whether you're married or have children, during a job interview. The question alone is illegal in most states, and certainly doesn't signal a family-friendly culture.
Finding the Right Job for Moms is Possible
If you're working in a job that doesn't fit with your values it's hard to overlook this. Living your life according to your values makes it easy to wake up in the morning and head to work! Hopefully the resources we shared will help you make the right choice for your next job.