Becoming a mom is a wonderful experience for women, and it should not mean the end of a successful career.
It is a fact that the moment a woman thinks of becoming a mom, this basically signifies placing her career path on the back burner. For some women, having children means giving up careers altogether.
Career success after becoming a mom is not an impossible scenario. For single moms, achieving career success after giving birth is an even harder task to achieve. Single moms are able to successfully balance the act of raising the kids well, while following a career path. Here are some important tips for achieving success:
Qualities over Quantity – There are only 24 hours in a day and no matter how hard you try, you cannot change this, and squeeze more hours out of a day. Now, while time is a fixed quantity, quality is an altogether a different game. How much qualitative work you can fit into your day will decide your success both at home and at work. Most employers are concerned about a job well done, not about the number of hours you spent at work. It is not the extra hours that define success, but rather the quality of work. So, build on your quality of work, on the expertise level, and soon you will find that, if your employer is satisfied with your work, you can negotiate a flexible work day.
Prioritize – Everything needs to be done, but some things have priority. This art of prioritizing is very necessary for moms who want to be successful in both career and child rearing. The challenge is to understand what needs personal attention, and what can be delegated both at home and at work. Success means making sure that all jobs in order of priority are completed every day.
Expertise – Academic excellence is no doubt a very important tool for moms pursuing a successful career. However, it is the expertise factor that plays a bigger role. Do not sacrifice expertise in the race for academic excellence. Employers value degrees and certifications, however, they place the most importance to the practical experience, to how you can perform at work. So make sure you balance academic achievements with obtaining practical experience. Take up a job that gives you the practical experience, even for a lower pay. Once you gain the practical expertise, you can seek a better and higher paying job.