Need a little bit of guidance please.
I’m a solo mum to two children. The youngest being 8 months.
I’m stuck in a crossroad and I do not know what to do.
Prior to having the youngest, I had been studying a double degree (2yrs of 5.5 yrs) AND love the industry I picked BUT I am not sure if it’s worth completing because:
* I work PT, doing 40 hrs a fortnight, 2-days a week. And cannot afford to not work.
* Management is supportive, the pay is exceptionally good, the days & hrs are flexible and I absolutely love the people I work with.
I know there is an abundance of solo parents out there who are quite capable of doing all 3 things at once; raising children, working & studying. But I am unsure how I’m going to cope. Prior the the youngest it was extremely demanding, time consuming, I had no time to scratch my head and I felt I wasn’t there for the eldest. Unfortunately the degree requires my attendance full time and therefore will have to drop a full days work to accomplish this. And I am unsure if I want to give up a days pay to focus on uni.
I’ve already put in 2.5 years of 5.5 and I feel disheartened just dropping it. I’ve also taken a year off uni for my children and it’s also given me time to think if uni is the right decision. Though I’m still stuck on what to do.
I am also swaying towards dropping because like I said above, I get paid exceptionally well at my current job. And once I complete uni it’ll take me 5+ years to even get close to what I’m earning now, plus it won’t be as flexible. And I need flexibility whilst the youngest is still reliant on me.
I only want the best for my children and I feel they’d miss out on seeing me as often as they do now.
What would you do in my current situation?
A: Continue study
B: Drop out of uni and focus on working & being a more attentive parent.