- You’re making a difference Topping the list of many millennials’ ideal job description is the ability to do something that matters – to be part of something bigger. Whether you’re helping a future Secretary of Energy sort recycling for the first time or playing a less than life-or-death game of Operation with a future surgeon before bedtime, as a parent, every day you will be doing work that makes a difference. And, it won’t always feel like work.
- The gig comes with unparalleled job security
- Location independence, you choose when and where With the exception of attending parent-teacher conferences and, one day, co-signing loans, you won’t be stuck behind a desk with this gig. Whether you’re visiting relatives with your toddler in tow or dishing out advice to a teen with a flat tire over the phone, parenting is one job you can do wherever you are. And unlike business trips, you get to decide on your travel plans in the form of family vacations. Disney, a weekend trip to the lake, or even a backyard bonfire with s’mores – the opportunities are endless, and it’s all up to you.
- You’re backed by a comprehensive mentoring program For the last two decades, official career mentorship programs have become a staple at many of the country’s most successful corporations. But not even the best can touch the mentorship of parents, in-laws, and that lady behind you in line at the grocery store. Experienced parents have learned a lot the hard way, and most are eager to share their struggles and triumphs with newer parents. While you don’t have to act on every word of advice you receive, this is one of the best perks of parenthood – the community that stands behind you.
- There’s a great retirement package Parenting comes with countless joys of its own – from first birthdays and school plays to that final at-bat in senior year. But, arguably, the best benefit of the job shows up once retirement kicks in. Grandchildren! Evidence suggests that spending time with grandchildren can reduce the risk of depression, increase mental sharpness, and even add years to your life. Perhaps you can use some of them to catch up on the sleep you might be missing now.
There’s certainly pressure that comes with being a parent, but the beauty is you get to help shape your child’s life by teaching them lessons that will last past your lifetime. You’re teaching them wrong from right and everything in between, and sharing laughs along the way. This is the greatest responsibility anyone could ever have.
Gone are the days when a person works for just one company throughout her career, climbing the ranks and building a solid future. From industry-disrupting technological advances to mid-life career changes, a lot stands between the job you hold at 30 and the job you’ll hold heading into retirement. But as a parent, you’ll never desire to change roles or wish you had chosen a different path. No economic downturn will ever lessen your child’s demand for your services. And robots aren’t going to take your job.
Your kids are always going to be your kids, and thank goodness for that. Really, what would you do without them?