Striking a good work-life balance can be a challenge for anyone, and it’s notoriously tricky for women who want to raise families. Like lots of ambitious ladies out there, you might find it hard to walk this tightrope, and often you may feel as though there just aren’t enough hours in the day. However, it is possible to achieve an equilibrium. If you’re keen to balance family life and your career, keep reading. This brief guide offers some handy hints.

Choose the right path

choose the right career

Firstly, it’s important to choose the right career path. Ideally, you should pursue work that you actually enjoy, as this makes the daily grind much easier to cope with. If you love numbers and have a talent for organisation, a career in accountancy could be for you. As well as being rewarding, roles in this field can be lucrative. Perhaps, more importantly, accountancy careers offer a lot of options when it comes to flexible working, even high profile companies like Deloitte are offering their employees more flexible working hours which allows parents with a full schedule a bit of slack.

Fit your studies around your schedule

Career notebook

Whichever direction you choose to go in, you will need to get the relevant qualifications, and this means putting in some study time. If your schedule is already stacked, this could seem like a daunting prospect. However, bear in mind there is the option of taking part-time courses. For example, education providers like the London School of Business and Finance offer a range of part-time study programmes that can help you to fit your learning around your existing responsibilities. Whether you’re interested in an ACCA part time course or another programme, you should be able to find something that fits in with your career goals.

Don’t be afraid to seek support

Balancing The Account By Hand
Image by Ken Teergardin used under the Creative Commons license.

Accountancy is often seen as a “man’s world”. Which is ridiculous. But according to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), in certain countries, women now represent the majority of specialists working in this field. If you’re ready to break into this world, you cannot be precious about asking for support. This might mean soliciting advice from mentors in your industry to help you identify opportunities to progress, or it could mean letting your family or friends help you out with childcare duties from time to time.

Striking a healthy work-life balance will always be tough, but by following advice like this, you should stand a better chance of reaching this career holy grail.

 

**Written by Ana at The London School**

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