Transferable skills you have as a parent
Mum skills and job skills aren’t mutually exclusive.
Discover how to master your Mum skills and use them effectively in the workplace.
If there’s one thing Mums can master, it’s being able to manage time effectively and efficiently. Getting up and out the door in time for work can be a struggle for one person – now add in one (or more) children, including getting everyone fed, dressed and in the car for a series of drop offs and pick ups, and you’ve got a Mum who’s got precision timing down to a fine art.
Good time management is a desired skill for employees to have across all industries, impacting upon your ability to accomplish more with less effort, meet deadlines and keep all projects on track.
If there’s one thing Mum’s know how to do, its compromise. Having children means having to listen to ideas, suggestions and flat-out demands – and sometimes, your work environment is no different. Being able to collaborate with everyone’s thoughts and ideas is a trait favoured by employers, as it shows your ability to negotiate, compromise and work flexibly to produce a result that pleases all parties.
Keep in mind that this is not at the expense of your own happiness – there’s a difference between collaborating and bending over backwards for others without your own ideas being heard.
It will happen to the best of Mums – the baby might not want to feed, choose a different nap time or flat out refuse anything that comes within their path. As a mother, you seek out the plan B. A crisis has been averted – and an invaluable skill has been attained.
The ability to recoup in record time after a number of setbacks is what contributes to an employee’s ability to deal with crisis management. Thick-skinned employees who can pull themselves together and find an efficient course of action after a series of setbacks are in high demand in the workforce.
Whether it’s multitasking to get dinner cooked, kids bathed and homework completed before 8pm or finding time to get groceries done in between sporting games, recitals and the birthday party that absolutely can’t be missed, a mother is nothing if not efficient.
Efficiency is an essential workplace skill to master, as it determines your ability to complete tasks on time, juggle multiple projects at once and effectively prioritise and delegate to meet project deadlines and deliver results on time.
Supervising and managing
Finally, as a mother you are the overseer of everything. Supervising and managing everything from meal time through to bath time while keeping to a well-kept routine is a skill that you will master throughout your entire journey of motherhood – and can be put to good use in your work environment.
Use your supervisory and management skills to advance in your career – put steps in place to move up to a leader or managerial position and show that you’re a powerful asset to your workplace.