Changing direction


One in three women changes career after having children, according to a new survey by national education provider, Open Study College. But heading back into the workplace after the birth of a child clearly isn’t easy, with only 16 per cent of the women in the survey claiming that it was a seamless transition for them.

Almost one in three had enrolled on education courses since the birth of their child/children, with many of them expressing the need to increase their earning potential and provide for their family. Nearly half (42 per cent) said they felt that childcare is the most 'family-friendly’ profession, closely followed by jobs in the health and social care sector and being a teaching assistant.

Despite the current rise in cost of living, the survey found that the main factors new mothers look for when heading back into the workplace are not money-orientated: they include an easy commute, understanding colleagues, and a sympathetic boss.

More than half the women expressed the wish that they could work in a more family-friendly environment and said that flexible/split day working hours are most useful to assist parents of young children.