Balancing family life and a career in the NHS isn’t easy.
Long, tiring hours at work can leave you drained, but somehow you still have to find the strength to be ‘Supermum’ and ‘Superwife’ when you get home.
If you’re just starting your NHS career, or if you’ve decided to take a new direction, this can be a daunting prospect.
But trust us, it can be done.
There are plenty of successful parents in the NHS who have been exactly where you are now. Here’s a few pointers to help you along the way:
Be true to yourself
Know who you are and what you want in life. If you’re going to manage a job and nurture a family, stay true to what’s most important to you. There will be days when they conflict with each other, but you just have to prioritise which one is most important at the time.
Be the best you can be
Be professional and keep working hard. Even if you’re planning to start a family soon, don’t let that get in the way of you being the best that you can be. When you do have a baby this could come back to work in your favour, as you may be given a bit more flexibility by your employers.
Some parents may believe that to be successful in your career and raise a family you have to be some kind of superhero. You can’t be in different places, attending every event, all of the time. Be honest with yourself, your employers and your family. If it means that you have to miss the occasional school event, then so be it.
Priorities and interests can change
Your world view shifts as your life changes. It’s crazy to think that having children won’t rock your world and have an impact on your career in some way. Having a child might change your views on your career at some point and you may decide that it’s not the direction you want to take. But that’s okay.
Switch off and enjoy it
If you’re going to succeed with your high-flying, nappy-changing life then you need to leave work at the door. Switch off and enjoy your family-time. It’s important not to bring the stresses of work home with you because this is when arguments can arise with your family. This is the last thing that you want.
Do you find it difficult balancing your career and life? Tell us in the comments of your experiences and if you have any others tips for others in the same situation.