March 25, 2013
The topic of mothers entering the workforce has been re-ignited recently. Especially after the publication of Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," and the talk that followed it, the career spotlight is on women. Single mother scholarships help to get women into school and, farther down the road, to a career.
Yet with the responsibility of continuing to care for a family, taking on a career can be daunting. A recent Pew Research Report shows that about half of all working parents have a difficult time balancing family and career time. However, the availability of work-from-home jobs helps alleviate this struggle.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, nearly one-quarter of those employed either did all or some of their work from home. This shows how at-home work is a valid option for mothers who don't want to or can't spend the day away from the house.
Luckily, degree options that will help women land one of these at-home jobs are plentiful. A recent Boston Globe article highlighted the growing number of professions that can be exclusively remote. The news source noted several positions, ranging from translator to web designer, that moms in college may consider.
The Globe also points out that teachers can administer online classes and writers can compose from their home computers - the jobs that many assume involve an office or workplace can actually be done remotely. This gives mothers the convenience they may be seeking in their careers.