If you’re a mother considering a change in career to provide long-term secure income, your top priority is undoubtedly finding a job role which fits around your family life. Part-time or freelance work is very popular with mums for this reason, but these roles are less common since the economic downturn.
If you’re prepared to consider a new career path, then IT is still a prosperous market in the current economy. Demand for IT contractors in Europe is actually at a 34-year high, according to the latest data from Contractor UK, and what’s more, IT lends itself well to freelance and contractor work – many companies seeking IT assistance will not need a full-time employee, just an expert who can work for a short period of time. “Clients continue to request hybrid roles with technical and business requirements, and will [often] hire contractors in the short-term while still seeking a longer-term permanent employee,” explains IT recruiter Volt’s operations director for European staffing Sebastien Cobut.
While a career in IT is perhaps not recommended for those whose skills currently stop at turning on their PC, a dedicated computer science degree course can turn someone with basic knowledge and interest in the subject into an expert capable of providing well-paid contractor support. Take a look at this course offered by Middlesex University as an example; it provides students with a chance to “delve into computing, programming and other key areas of information technology”. Gaining a broad background into computing rather than specialising in one certain aspect will give you the broadest scope for job opportunities in the future – there is always time to specialise later on! Modules you can explore include database management and operating systems, as well as graphic design and software development.
Completing a degree course when you have kids is not easy – but it is a great way to improve your -and your family’s – financial prospects for the long term. Make sure you choose the right university for you – you don’t have to be tied to one that is local. Many courses offering part-time study and distance learning to ensure your study has minimal impact on your family life, and don’t forget to look out for what grants and bursaries are available to older students with dependents; maintenance grants are available alongside a student loan, while the universities themselves offer numerous bursaries for this type of student. So start looking around and you could be on your way to a brighter, richer future!