As a dad, you might be considering the benefits of a career change to spend more time with your kids or to enable you to work around other commitments. Many non-traditional industries are starting to see an influx of men applying for positions, especially those who are looking for improved work/life balance. This article will cover some of the most popular career options for modern men who are looking to start afresh.
Teaching can be an advantageous career for new dads as there is an incredibly broad range of roles available to suit your lifestyle. You can also easily take a teaching qualification to complement the qualifications that you already have to your name. For instance, many new dads choose to become online teachers or extra-curricular tutors. This can be the perfect option for dads that have other commitments to consider as teaching outside of a school setting allows you to be incredibly flexible, only working the hours that suit you and your family. You can even consider taking on more traditional roles in the teaching sector, such as becoming a primary or high school teacher in your chosen subject. This will allow you to work around school hours, meaning that you can be there for your kids whenever they need you.
2. Nurse Practitioner
An increasing number of new dads are starting to consider going into nursing as this is the perfect career for those who want to put their new-found parenting skills to good use. Nurses are required to have good communication skills and empathy, as well as the ability to listen well and to care about their patient’s conditions. These are all skills and personality traits that you tend to develop on the birth of your baby and these can help you to help others have a healthy and active life. In order to become a nurse practitioner, you should undertake an FNP certification and then apply for a nursing license in the state in which you live. Although you might be worried that a nursing school will take you away from home and your kids, this is not the case, with many schools offering online-based degrees and courses, as well as traditional campus options.
3. Business Owner
Although the responsibility and commitment of running your own business might not sound like a career option that you can work around the needs of your children, becoming a small business owner is a popular option for those who are taking paternity leave. This is because the development of technology has allowed for an increasing number of businesses to be run from a home office. You could even consider becoming a solopreneur and offering your services to others, such as that of a consultant or even a web designer. However, when you are a dad entrepreneur, you need to make sure that you schedule in time off from work, that you close your emails in the evening and that you are able to stay flexible with client meetings and deadlines. You also need to make sure that your business brings in a stable income to support your family or that your partner is able to do so.
4. Child Care Assistant
If you love having kids so much that you have decided you want to dedicate your career to them, you should consider becoming a child care assistant. It has been proven that gender-balanced childcare facilities are important for child development and this means that there is currently a huge push for more men to enter childcare. Child care careers can be rewarding as you will be able to see the kids in your care gain skills and confidence in their new environment, and the experience may even help to improve your own parenting skills.
5. IT Technician
When you have kids, there is a natural tendency to look toward the future in a way that you may never have done before, and this also applies to the type of career that you choose to take on. IT careers are some of the best careers for those that want to make sure that their job is in-demand and that their family can receive a stable income for years to come. This is because IT has been a quickly developing industry since the start of the decade. Additionally, the huge number of businesses that are currently undergoing digital transformation means that there is an outcry for professionals to help this transition take place in a smooth manner.
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