Moms: Are These Top 5 Job Categories for You?
Best Degrees for Moms Going Back to School
As a mom who is going back to school you probably want to get a jump start. You’re all ready to get on with your education and your career. You aren’t in a position to dawdle for a couple of years trying to decide what the best major is. You don’t want to get a degree just for the sake of learning but also for the value that it will offer to you in the employment market. That is why you are probably thinking long and hard about the right degree for you before you sign up for classes. Ultimately the best degree will be the one that you are most passionate about but you might want to consider looking at the areas of management, new media, information science, domestic arts and entrepreneurship because these are the areas that you already have experience in as a mom!
Moms in Management
As a mom you are almost undoubtedly the manager of your own household. You keep things organized and running smoothly. You know where your husband’s only clean tie is, what needs to be taken out of the freezer in the morning so it’s ready to make for dinner and how to solve logistical problems like getting to both your daughter’s dance class and your son’s tennis lesson on the same afternoon. If this multi-tasking ability to control the chaos feels natural, comfortable and easy for you then you might want to think about getting a degree in management. You will shine in your classes while gaining new skills that will make you employable immediately upon graduation. Although you may not have specific experience in this field, you can boost your resume with a cover letter explaining why being a mom makes you more than qualified for the job.
New Media for the New College Mom
As a stay-at-home mom you have probably spent a lot of time exploring new media. You use social media. Maybe you blog or vlog. And you certainly stay on top of the computer issues that may affect your children (like cyberbullying). This knowledge can be put to use if you get a degree in new media. New media degrees expand on your existing Internet experience but teach you marketable skills like digital design and web communication. Also note that some schools are starting to offer professional blogging degrees (according to LittleTechGirl) and Mommy Bloggers actually have the potential to make a lot of money so this is a niche area of new media that is worth exploring. This is an especially good option for Moms who want to go back to school but don’t want to enter the traditional work force after graduation since these degrees often lead to telecommuting and work-at-home positions.
Love Your Work: Information and Library Sciences
You’ve probably logged about as many hours at the library as at the park with the kids. Libraries are terrific places to entertain youngsters with story hour, special events and book sales. If you love taking your kids to your public library to sample the staggering amount of children’s literature available nowadays, you might enjoy being a librarian yourself. There is no one as well-versed in children’s books as a mom. Not only do you know what is out there, you know what different age groups prefer, how they like it read and you likely have several books committed to memory by now. Utilize this knowledge and look into becoming a librarian or an assistant librarian.
Employment in the Domestic Arts
Do not underestimate the value of the activities that you do at home. The domestic arts are alive and well and have the potential to lead to a variety of lucrative careers. Just a few of the domestic arts that you may already know as a mom include:
- Sewing, knitting, crocheting and other needlearts
- De-cluttering, cleaning and personal organization skills
- Cooking and baking
Take the skills that you already have any put them to work for you by choosing a related degree such as fiber arts, fashion design, culinary arts or housekeeping. These classes can prepare you for jobs ranging from pastry chef to personal organizer.
Entrepreneurship for Self-Motivated Moms
Are you someone who dreams of starting her own business? Maybe you want to start a cookie business from your home or maybe you want to head up a large company down the line. Either way you may find that a degree in entrepreneurship puts you ahead of the game. It will allow you to meet the right people and gain the skills that you need to start your own business even if you’ve been out of the employment game for awhile.
Do you only plan to get a two year degree? Take a look at your options: Find Just the Right School for Me.