How to transfer your parenting skills into the workplace

With all the juggling, managing and supervising required to keep a household running smoothly, it’s no surprise parents develop certain skills and accomplishments that are highly relevant to the workforce. The skills you learn as both a parent and an employee are very transferable. After taking leave to raise your family, you might find yourself returning to work with a greater skill set than you had before.

We have identified some great transferable skills that you can take with you into the workplace.

Time management 

Maintaining balance is one of the most difficult aspects of raising a family. While you have your own priorities to complete tasks on time, quite often children and responsibilities have other objectives.

As a parent, you become the master of managing time effectively. There is always so much to do with so little time in the day.  Whether it’s making sure everyone is fed, dressed and in the car for morning drop-offs, or finding time to do the groceries during after-school sports practice, there’s definitely an art to parenting. Parents often find it hard to arrive anywhere on time. Between your child constantly losing a shoe, or a beloved toy that must accompany them everywhere, being punctual is challenging. Fortunately, time management combined with routine makes anything possible as a parent.

Time management is an imperative skill when balancing your home life with work. Both situations can be very enjoyable but also contain their own pressures and expectations. Employers value time management across all industries, as it impacts your ability to prioritise tasks and think strategically to meet deadlines. If you only have an hour to complete a task, you certainly can’t procrastinate all day!

Collaboration 

Children are just as much your co-workers as your colleagues are.  They require empathy, support, feedback, and encouragement. If there is one thing parents know how to do, it’s how to compromise and negotiate, as you are constantly listening to ideas, suggestions, and demands. Therefore, you don’t mind sharing your ideas, time and efforts to fit everyone’s needs – you’re a team player!

These collaboration skills can greatly influence the office environment. Employers highly value employees that have the the ability to work together with everyone. It shows your ability to examine an issue from different perspectives and compromise to find the best outcome for everyone. The ability to negotiate is also useful in a management or supervisory setting, as feedback should be provided in a supportive and constructive way.

Communication 

As a parent, your ability to transition from explaining simple topics such as storybooks, to discussing more complex topics like your child’s progress at school with their teachers, demonstrates that you understand the importance of conveying information to the correct person in a way that allows you to achieve the best outcome.

Strong communication in the workplace is all about being able to convey information clearly. Not only are you improving the speaking part of communication, but you’re also building listening skills. This is important to many employers when evaluating an employee.

Problem Solving

Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual – sometimes your child might not be hungry, they might decide not to have a nap, or they might refuse to do anything that comes their way. Therefore, you will always need to adjust fast and have a backup plan ready.

As an employee in the workplace, you are faced with unexpected challenges with limited time and resources. This requires creativity, thinking on your feet, and swift prioritising. Employees who can recover quickly after a number of setbacks and find an efficient course of action are respected and in high demand. This may also involve correcting any mistakes or solving someone else’s problem, which is also a common occurrence with children.

Supervising and managing

Finally, as a parent, you supervise and manage daily activities from school drop-offs, meal times and right through until bedtime; you oversee everything. Keeping to a routine is a skill that you will master throughout your entire journey of parenthood. For employees this can also be a great skill to have when trying to meet deadlines.

You know how to steer your children back to positive behaviour to produce good results. Each member of your family will respond differently to your interactions with them, providing you the insight to adapt to people in your work life. You can then adjust your support and guidance to match the level of need of the individual. In fact, supervising and motivating individuals are great skills for people management and often can’t be taught.

 Career options to use your parenting skills

Practice management is a great career path for parents, as it allows them to use their well-honed skills in a rewarding environment. Practice management is a growing field and offers countless opportunities across medical, dental, chiropractic and veterinary settings, amongst others.

If you are interested in learning more about TalentMed’s Diploma of Practice Management and find out how you can begin your career as a Practice Manager, please contact our Career Advisers today on 1300 737 781 or email ask@talentmed.edu.au

Wednesday, 14 March, 2018|General|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sarah-Louise Slade
Sarah-Louise is a Career Adviser with over 5 years experience in Vocational Education and Training. Having completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management, Sarah-Louise understands the importance of having a quality education. Feel free to comment and ask questions below.

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