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Talk to your family about relocating for work

Thursday, July 19th, 2012
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Talk to your family about relocating for work

If you’re thinking of signing up at technical training schools, maybe you’ve heard about the demand for skilled workers in fields like welding, electrical engineering and even massage therapy. However, as real as the need for these professionals may be, you might find that there aren’t as many job vacancies in your area as you’d like. How do you talk to your family about relocating to find a new job?

Be honest

Before you enroll at technical schools, it pays to do your homework. Websites like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics can give you facts and figures about the employment prospects of hundreds of different fields, and it’s always a good idea to make informed decisions.

If, however, there aren’t many jobs in your state, you need to be honest with your family regarding your intentions. After all, going back to school can be a big decision, and you need to know that your family is behind you.

Explain to your spouse and kids that you may need to move to find work when you finish your welding training program. They may have legitimate concerns, like moving away from friends or extended family. Listen to what they have to say – even if you feel like they don’t agree with you, accept that their viewpoints are just as valid as your own and make sure they know they can come to you with concerns.

Accentuate the positive

Sure, your family may be worried about leaving their home to follow you to a new job, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a negative experience. Focus on everything you’ll gain as a family – greater job security, a new start and an exciting adventure in another part of the country.

Depending on your circumstances, transitioning to a new career after finishing technical training schools will mean different things. However, regardless of your motivations for retraining, there’s always a positive way to look at dramatic changes like moving away.

Get to know your classmates alongside your family

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
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Get to know your classmates alongside your family

While there are many benefits to enrolling in technical training schools, one of the best is the fact that you’ll be learning alongside people you may never have met had you not returned to academia. Among your classmates you could even find a lifelong friend or someone that will help you land your dream job.

While you may be very outgoing, or open to the idea of getting to know your classmates, your family may end up holding you back. However, it’s not because your spouse or children told you not to make friends, it’s because you think any time you spend with your fellow students will take away from what little family time you have left in your busy schedule.

If this a concern of yours, sit down and talk to your loved ones about spending time with your classmates outside of technical school. There’s a good chance they’ll be pretty supportive if it can mean positive things for your career. However, if you’re still worried about missing out on those precious moments with your spouse and kids, but don’t want to miss out on networking opportunities, consider merging the two using one of these ideas.

Invite a classmate over for dinner

Worried about missing another family dinner? Consider inviting one of your classmates you would like to get to know better to a meal at your house. This provides you with a chance to get to know a fellow technical student while showing your family they are still important to you. It also gives your kids a deeper glimpse into your school life.

Arrange a family outing

If one or more of your classmates also have families, you have a chance to talk shop with your fellow students while your spouses and children get to know each other. Some activities to consider are a picnic, barbecue or bowling night.

Do you have any other concerns related to balancing family time with taking classes through technical schools? If you do, let us know in the comment space below.

Talk to your family about attending technical training schools

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
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Talk to your family about attending technical training schools

Maybe you’ve been out of work for a while, or perhaps you’re tired of your current job and want to pursue a career that pays a little better. Whatever your reasons for wanting to sign up for a welding training program or go to electrician schools, chances are you’ll have to pitch the idea to your family.

Outline the benefits

If you’re working at the moment, dropping out of your job to go back to school may not sound like a great idea to your spouse, especially if you’ve got kids. However, if you focus on the benefits of transitioning to a new field, talking about going to technical schools can be a positive conversation.

It may be worth beginning with the financial aspects of why you want to go back to school. Websites like the Bureau of Labor Statistics can provide you with data on employment prospects, forecasted job growth, salary information and other facts that can help people understand the value of switching jobs. If you’ve ever found yourself counting the days until your next paycheck, this could be the perfect way to frame a discussion about your plans.

An eye to the future

Even if things at home are pretty comfortable, you mustn’t stop thinking about the future. With the economy shifting toward globalization and offshoring of American jobs, security and stability are on many people’s minds right now.

Industries such as manufacturing, fabrication and electrical engineering are in desperate need of skilled workers. Not only does this mean greater levels of job security, it also means more choice for where and when you can work. If you want to move to a different state or enjoy greater flexibility when looking for contracts, these fields offer excellent opportunities to do that.

Have you approached your family about going back to school? Tell us about your experiences in the comment space below.

Three family problems that may arise and their solutions

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
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Three family problems that may arise and their solutions

Some people are on the fence about enrolling in technical schools due to financial concerns, while others aren’t sure if they have what it takes to learn a new trade later in life.

But maybe you’re worrying for an entirely different set of reasons. Will your spouse become jealous of the fact that you’re going back to school and he or she isn’t? How will you get to class when your children get sick and there’s no one to look after them? Will your kids grow distant from you if you’re at home less? If any one of these questions race through your head, you aren’t neurotic – you’re simply a loving parent and spouse.

Here are three scenarios that may arise and a few tips for dealing with them.

Problem 1: The envious spouse

No matter how great your spouse is, he or she is still human, and that means they’ve got the same emotions as everyone else. It’s not uncommon for people to envy others, or even become jealous, so just be aware that you may have to deal with this at home.

Put yourself in your spouse’s shoes. You have a chance to give yourself a whole new start later in life – something not everybody can do. Maybe your partner even secretly wishes they could leave their job behind and enter an entirely new career.

Solution
If you pick up on signs that your spouse may have a little more to say about your decision to enroll in technical training schools, sit down with them and have an honest conversation. If they have a similar desire to take classes or change their profession, make a plan so that they can do just that after you complete your own studies.

Problem 2: The kids are sick

Maybe you’ve got to go to work during the day and attend class in the evening. There’s only one problem; the kids are sick and there’s no one to look after them. Don’t panic – take a deep breath and make your children’s health your top priority.

Solution
Most employers and technical schools should be pretty understanding of your predicament. But if you’re truly concerned about missing more than one class down the line, prepare for this particular scenario. Find out which of your friends or neighbors would be willing to look after your kids if you ever have to run out for a bit.

Problem 3: Your kids are growing distant

Kids grow up fast, and maybe you’re worried about missing milestones in their lives. At the same time, if you just stay home for the next few years you won’t be able to give your family the life they deserve. So what do you do?

Solution
Set aside a block of time each and every day to make sure you’re spending quality time with your kids. Don’t just sit and watch TV with them – engage them. Ask about their day, play catch outside or help them with their homework. Take any one of these steps and your children won’t end up strangers.

Do you have any additional concerns about going back to school? Let us know in the comment space below.

Teach your kids about money before enrolling in technical schools

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
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Teach your kids about money before enrolling in technical schools

If technical training schools are in your future, there’s a good chance that money is also on your mind. Maybe you’re thinking about the best ways to pay for your tuition, or you’re just focused on how much you might make after you earn your diploma. As you will surely talk to your kids about your decision to return to school, there’s really no better time to teach them about money as well.

Why does money matter?

No matter how old children are, they may have trouble understanding why one of their parents wants to throw on a backpack and head to school like them. Sit them down and explain why you have made this decision. Are you enrolling in technical schools to fulfill a lifelong dream? Do you need to take courses in order to advance your career? No matter what the reason, be honest with your kids.

At the same time, talk about how having more education sometimes translates to higher salaries. If you have to leave your job or reduce the number of hours you work in order to attend classes, be honest about it. Your kids can learn valuable lessons about responsibility, making sacrifices and pursuing passions. You may even end up becoming a role model in their eyes.

Most importantly, if your family will have to cut back on certain expenses, be sure to explain why you may be eating out less or clipping a few more coupons than usual. After speaking to your children, they should have a better sense of what it takes to run a household and support a family.

Make learning about money fun

When you think of fun activities, working with numbers probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind. However, not only can learning about money be fun, but it can become a great opportunity for family bonding. There are plenty of games you and the kids can play that will expose them to a few financial basics. Here are two of the most famous:

  • Monopoly – This classic board game is all about dominating the board and owning as much property as possible – without going bankrupt, of course. While playing, kids get to make important financial decisions in between dice rolls. Best of all, the game can last all night, which translates to hours of learning.
  • The Game of Life – When you and your children set up the board for The Game of Life, you can teach your kids about the importance of financial decisions, as well as general life lessons like going to college, starting a family and preparing for retirement.

Benefits all around

No matter what approach you take to teaching your kids about money, they stand to benefit for many years to come. If they go into school with a firm grasp on topics like savings and interest, they may be a few steps ahead of their classmates. Furthermore, knowing how important money is may also help them make career decisions earlier in life.

Can you think of any other fun ways to teach children about money? Let us know in the comment space below.

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