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The 9 most flexible careers for mums returning to work

Mother doing yoga with childParents (particularly you mums) re-entering the workforce need flexibility from employers to take care of family responsibilities, such as picking the kids up from childcare or taking a sick child to the doctor.

Flexible work arrangements may include job sharing, part-time employment, or working from home options.

While these types of arrangements are not everywhere at the moment, Australian Training Colleges is here to show you where to look for flexible roles for mums.

There are certain companies, careers and industries which allow for greater flexibility in the workplace than others. Vodafone, for example, is introducing a new policy that allows women to work four days a week for five days of pay, for six months. The women are then expected to return to work full time. This flexibility allows women the opportunity to be with their family but also not fall behind at work or in their career. Additionally, Westpac has begun to offer flexible packages for employees: in addition to 13 weeks of paid maternity leave, Westpac offers employees up to two years to return to work, part-time and job-sharing options as well as telecommuting.

Flexible options are extremely desirable for mothers returning the workforce and today we are going to explore the top flexible career options for mums.

The 9 most flexible careers for mums returning to work


Woman working in marketing


Dream of creating a fabulous campaign that entices millions? Marketing is a great option for mums who want a career in the corporate world. Because much of the job is primarily done via the computer, this allows for more work-from-home opportunities. Marketing is a great career option that allows you to use your creativity and has opportunities for freelancing/consulting positions to suit your family needs.


Woman working in beauty therapy

Beauty Therapy

Mums have tons of options in the beauty therapy industry! Beauticians, even initially starting out, are able to set their own hours working at various shops. Or if you are looking for something part-time you can explore becoming a freelancer beautician/hair stylist. Freelancing allows you to be hired to style hair or makeup for events such as weddings or parties. Plus, you could primarily only work on weekends if and when you choose too! You can even own your own shop…the possibilities in beauty therapy are endless.


Woman working in disability care

Disability Carer

Caring for individuals with disabilities is a great option for mums mainly because often it only requires part-time employment, just a few hours a day or a few days per week.


Woman working in child care

Childcare Worker

In Australia, 30 per cent of childcare jobs are part-time. Being a mum, you definitely have the experience and may just need a qualification to land a job in the childcare industry. Added bonus to this career: you may have the option of bringing your children with you to work, which would save money on childcare.


Woman working as a nurse


One of the greatest perks of nursing is its flexibility. Not only is work available in a variety of geographic locations and different sectors, nurses can work part-time or full-time (or no-time). It’s easy to come back to nursing if you’ve taken a break. Nursing is adaptable so it works with your lifestyle: often even the length of a shift is flexible — from four to 12 hours during the days, evenings and weekends.


Woman working as a personal trainer

Personal Trainer

As a personal trainer, you can be your own boss, set your own schedule, and get fit simultaneously.


Woman working as an accountant


Accounting and finance careers involve the processing of financial data, handling accounts payable and receivables, organizing records and assistance in tax preparation. Accounting telecommuting careers are open to entry-level as well as more experienced professionals who are good with maths, self-motivated and able to meet deadlines.


Woman working in aged care

Age Carer

Much like disability carers, age care jobs can be one-on-one with clients. This allows for flexible working opportunities such as job sharing and part-time work. Additionally, there are many opportunities for part-time work such as a group facilitator/coordinator, support facilitator, or a program developer.


Woman working in information technology

Information Technology

The digital revolution has arrived and offers many telecommuting opportunities for employees. If you are looking for a career that can grow as your children get older than IT is definitely a great option for you, as this industry will only get larger in the years to come.



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