Saturday, 3 November 2018

Making Ourselves Happier In Life: Navigating A Big Career Change Without Neglecting Our Kids 100%

You can feel that, after dedicating your life to nurturing your kids, and getting by in a part-time job that didn't fulfill you, it's now your time to shine. You're not the first, and you won't be the last; changing careers is something that is done a lot more now, but when you have children and people that depend on you to provide for them, not just in a financial sense, but how are you able to manage a career transition without your loved ones feeling neglected?

Making A Gradual Change
Because such a big change can feel like a shock, not just to your children, but to yourself, it can give way to a period of uncertainty. When you want to do something different with your life, you can either jump in with both feet and be damned with the consequences or you can make a gradual change. Because we have dependents, the latter is the more sensible option. This is incredibly beneficial because it gives you that opportunity to fine-tune the skills needed for your new career. In the business world, for example, there are so many different subcategories. And when you are setting your sights on a specific area of an industry, not only does this give you a better chance at getting the role you really want, it gives you the chance to delve deep into the learning process is behind it. You can master supply chain management online, a key component of business, and this will serve you well when it comes to those specific rules relating to supply chain management. The big mistake we can make when deciding to change careers is to pick a very general job role, but it's better to drill down into the specifics, because this gives you a solid goal to aim towards.

Not Feeling Stressed About It Yourself
Prioritizing the family is something we do automatically, but anxieties can creep, no matter how much we try our best. But if you are doing exactly the same duties as you used to do, the problem lies with yourself. The fact of the matter is that you are prioritizing your needs but if you feel guilty for doing this, there are so many ways to ensure that you don't feel the anxieties. There are numerous spiritual practices, from mindfulness to meditation, that anybody can do, and if you are still worried that you're neglecting your children in some way, you have to look at it subjectively. If you're providing for your children, and you are still helping them with their homework, but when they go to bed, you hit the books for a couple of hours, then surely you are doing a great job?

Navigating a big career change without neglecting your children is achievable. While it seems that nowadays we have to make a choice between career and children, if we've hit that point in life where our kids are self-sufficient, why shouldn't we work at making ourselves a little bit happier?

*This is a collaborative post*

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