Think the size of your superannuation fund isn’t much of a concern? You’ve got years to build it up, right? And anyway, you and your partner are in a pretty happy situation, he’ll be able to support you as you get older! Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you may have to rethink your retirement if current trends continue. While youth unemployment remains at an all time high, there has also been a considerable rise in homeless women entering retirement age. Women who have faced unexpected divorce, family turmoil or who simply haven’t earned as much for as long as their male counterparts are struggling to find homes, as Australia’s housing crisis continues to price the young and old out of the market. What is worse? Many of these women are facing poverty because of the amount of time they spent out of the job market caring for children and the elderly. Read the ABC report on the trend, and rethink your own retirement plans no matter how young, old, single or otherwise you may be.
It can be hard to work from home. Believe me, I do most my work and study from my room in a sometimes-hectic share house. I can’t imaging how much more pressure I would face if I had a family to take care of as well! What is needed in situations like these are some simple rules to help guide your day so you can make the most of the time you have available. ProjectMum suggests you start by looking at your typical day with an objective eye to locate where you can find windows for time for work. This will help you create a schedule that works, so you’re not starting a job ten minutes before you need to pick up the kids from school. Check out more top time management tips for women who work from home here.
What’s your dream job? Is it the one you are currently working? If it is, you are one of the lucky ones. For Rhiannon Swan, wedding and event planning and styling was a dream that she managed to turn into a reality. She claims that despite working a 60 hour week, with weekend shifts that running up to 14 hours long, she loves it. On top of that, she manages to spend a pretty sweet amount of time with the family! Check out how her average day runs here, and find some inspiration to work towards your dream job.