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Being a working woman is hard, being a working woman with kids is a whole other ball game. Life can be absolutely crazy when trying to juggle your children’s needs, your work responsibilities, and everything else life has thrown at you. Adding pursuing your education on top of all of this can be absolutely crazy but also absolutely worth it so check out our top tips for working parents who want help choosing a degree to pursue.
1) Be Realistic
Choose a degree that you believe you can realistically complete. A degree that requires many many hours of studying or lab time may not be in the realm of possibility at this point. While difficult majors can often seem appealing because of their inevitable return on investment with higher salaries in the future, you will never see those benefits if you do not pass your classes. Choose a degree that is challenging yet doable and that you can pursue even among the business of your daily life.
2) Find a Parent Friendly Program
Many programs are online or at night to accommodate working parents. These programs often have a lot of attendees just like you that are balancing the absolute chaos of life. The professors in these programs are often more understanding in helpful in times of need. Pick a program that will help accommodate your needs and will be understanding for things like when the babysitter cancels or when you need to stay home because junior is sick.
3) Find What You Love
Do not just pick a degree because it seems practical, find something that you are interested and passionate about pursuing. Loving what you do will make long nights of studying and long hours of lecture a lot more bearable. They say that if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life and being able to choose a career that you absolutely adore starts by pursuing an education that you find interesting. Talk to your adviser about different interests you have. There are often resources such as personality tests and symposiums that can help match you up with a field that you are likely to enjoy.
4) Consider Online Options
While your choice of education may be limited because of your geographical location, look into other options. Online programs can be a great way to give you access to more degree programs than the schools in your area. Many online programs are also cheaper and more flexible than the traditional classroom setting. Find a school with the program that you are looking for and research what alternative education methods they offer. This will ensure that you have the widest range of selection with your degree while working within the parameters of your location.
Choosing a degree can be difficult, especially if there are many other factors in your life, such as being a parent and having a job. Follow these tips to find the best degree option for you! Good luck!