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Working Moms: How Going Back to School Can Further Your Career

As a working mother, you may feel as though you are burning the candle at both ends. Your early mornings as well as your evenings are consumed by mothering duties and household chores. The middle of your day is taken up by work activities, such as meetings and conferences. You may even continue working from home after the kids go to bed each evening. While it may seem like you have little time and energy left to do something positive for yourself and for your family, there are substantial benefits that you can enjoy when you make an effort to go back to school. In fact, if you can manage to find time in your schedule to attend live or distance learning classes, you may be able to enjoy each of these incredible benefits.

The Ability to Advance in Your Career

When you spend long days away from your home and family to work and earn a living, you understandably want that time to be meaningful and lucrative. At some point, you will reach a point where you are at the pinnacle of your career based on your education level and skillset. In order to advance your career even further and to make your time away from home more meaningful, obtaining an advanced degree may be essential. College America is one of many colleges and universities that offer flexible educational opportunities that are ideal for working mothers, and degree plans are available in numerous fields. Remember that career advancement can benefit your family as well. For example, it can show your children their own full potential, and it can help you to provide financially for them or to improve their lifestyle.

The Benefit of Learning New Skills

Some skills are learned on the job, but others can only be obtained if you head back to school. When you have advanced skills, you may be able to take a managerial or supervisory role. You may even be able to change companies to work in a position with better hours and a higher level of compensation. Spend time exploring some of the skills needed to take your career to the next level, and research the many college opportunities available to help you obtain the skills that you need. A full degree may be needed to enhance your skills and expertise in some cases. In other cases, you may be able to take online courses to earn a certification in a specific area. Understanding the options available for your unique educational and career needs can help you to determine the next educational opportunity that you should pursue.

The Advantage of Networking Opportunities

As a professional, you may regularly attend networking events and make other significant efforts to meet people in your field. While you may not enroll in and attend college purely because it is a way to meet others in your field, networking is nonetheless an incredible way to meet industry professionals and even to forge excellent relationships with them. These relationships may help you to build your client list, improve profitability, learn about new job opportunities and more. This is an excellent and strategic way to enhance your career.

The thought of spending hours each week attending classes or studying can seem overwhelming at first if you are a busy working mother. However, with online and distance educational opportunities, remember that you can structure your education around your current responsibilities. For example, you can study during your lunch break or while you wait for the kids to get out of swim practice. When you make the extra effort to advance your level of education, many incredible opportunities may be available for you.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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