Are you a new or young mum looking to return to the workforce from maternity leave? One of the best ways to make this daunting transition smoother is to look for a part-time job.
Part-time jobs are a great option for working mums looking to juggle work alongside their caregiving responsibilities. Allowing for reduced or flexible working hours, part-time work helps women:
So what are the best part-time jobs for mums returning to work? Here are our favourite picks for a stellar work-life balance:
If you have some experience as a tutor or teacher, you might find substitute teaching to be a wonderful part-time opportunity. Schools are always looking for quality teachers to add to their rotation, with this role also allowing you to work within school hours.
Bear in mind that this role requires a fair bit of flexibility, as you may be called in to the job at the last minute.
In a similar vein, tutoring is another great opportunity with flexible hours. Tutoring can be done on a self-employed basis, online or through an agency or private tutoring agency which sets hours for you.
Often, formal qualifications aren’t needed for tutoring – a passion for a specific subject will do. When it comes to flexible roles, it’s hard to beat tutoring!
While a Certificate or Diploma is needed to become a childcare worker, the role is popular among mothers returning to work. Stay at home mums may choose to set up a daycare centre in their own home, while others may wish to work in a centre.
Social media manager
With a strong social media presence being integral to all businesses, there are plenty of social media management roles available. Many businesses look to hire social media managers on a part-time or remote basis, which is ideal for working mums transitioning back into the workforce or living in a remote part of Australia.
You could even choose to strike out on your own as a freelance social media manager!
Did you regain your pre-baby body in a jiffy? You could be ideally suited to a position as a fitness instructor! There are plenty of casual and part-time roles available as yoga, Zumba, Pilates or other exercise instructors at gyms, health centres and other facilities. As an added bonus, this flexible role allows you to keep fit and socialise with other women.
Data entry is a popular part-time position, and ideal if you’re looking to get back into an office environment. It’s also possible to do data entry virtually, working according to your own schedule. Data entry also allows you to brush up on your computer and admin skills after your time away from the workforce.
Mums are pros at juggling it all, so why not formalise your organisational skills by becoming an event planner? Event planning allows you to take on clients according to your own schedule, even being able to complete a lot of the work remotely. Who knows, you could end up starting a full-fledged event planning business!
Return to your old job
These days, many workplaces are becoming more aware of the needs of working mothers. It may therefore be possible to return to your old job in a flexible or part-time capacity, with the potential to ease into your old full-time role. Alternatively, you could continue working in your area of expertise as a consultant or freelancer.
It’s always a good idea to look out for family-friendly employers, even before you have children. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) promotes female-friendly organisations with equal opportunity programs, while the Fair Work Ombudsman recognises private, public and community sector organisations with outstanding flexible working arrangements.
Private resources like WORK180 also list working mum-friendly workplaces that you may be interested in applying to. Finally, remember that you hold just as much value (if not more) as a working mum with flexible conditions.
In fact, a survey by Ernst & Young found that women working part-time are actually the most productive in the workforce! You have a wealth of experience and grit to offer to your new workplace, so start looking for the right opportunity with confidence.
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