Working Mums: Consider a Career in IT

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!

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Beverly says:

    I think employers too are keen to see more women represented in the IT industry. With the financial support available – and I’m sure OU does a course – it’s really possible, even if your children are young.

  2. Sagar says:

    Nice and informative post For a mother to find out a job that could fit their family life and job is very difficult. Most of the mother\’s opt for part time jobs or freelancing jobs. But the top most priority would be a job which gives long term income.For such kind of mums the best field to work is IT. First of all the main reason is when compared to the other streams IT is a little prosperous market. The demand for IT field contractors is very high.The above article gives a clear cut information about the whole matter.I hope this post would help many people.Thank you for sharing.

  3. Laura says:

    I say good on anyone with the motivation to take up an IT career later in life!
    However, to get far in I.T. you need to be prepared to work really hard and be responsible for your own learning. Which, even I struggle with sometimes.
    Having said that…if you are motivated and prepared to work hard…go for it.
    Feel free to visit my blog and join my little community of people eager to enter the I.T. Industry, because that is what my blog is all about.

  4. Happy says:

    Today IT sector is at boom.Its like there is a job for everyone.Just you have to acquire some skills and training and you are all set to go.

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