One of the drawbacks of advancing in your career as a single mom is the possibility of ending up in a position that requires travel. You want to advance, you want to earn more money and you want the job satisfaction of holding a high pressure, high responsibility position but you don’t want to be away from your children overnight more than absolutely necessary. Regional positions are often a good choice for single moms because regional positions require some travel, but not as much as some careers.
A regional supervisory position tends to require travel, but it is often nearby travel and can make sure that you aren’t away from home for long periods of time. One example of a regional position would be getting promoted from store manager to regional manager of a retail chain. This would put you in charge of several stores in surrounding areas which would mean that you will be going from store to store each day. Due to the close proximity of the stores in your region you will more than likely be able to return home each night. Of course sometimes you may need to be gone overnight and those situations are what you need to consider before you accept a position that will require travel.
For some single moms a regional position is ideal even if they have to be gone overnight once in a while, for others it is simply impossible to leave their children overnight. No matter what career you are in or what position you are offered you have to make the best choice for your family. But before you turn down a lucrative position due to travel weigh the pros and cons, figure out how much time you’ll actually be away from home and see just how you would make the arrangements to be away overnight.
If it’s a possibility for you, it’s important that you take every opportunity that comes your way. You want to provide for your children and show them that you can handle the responsibilities of being their mother while still maintaining your own life and goals in your career.
One of the main things single moms complain about is the lack of personal satisfaction in their lives, they feel as if they are defined by their position as a mom and nothing else. Earning a career of your own and achieving promotions and career advancement is one way to explore your abilities and build your confidence and sense of achievement. Don’t let your goals fall by the wayside because you are a single mom, you can have a career and be a good mother at the same time.