It is finally reality. From January 2018 I am going to be a Digital Mum.
I first heard about Digital Mums thanks to some cleverly targeted Facebook advertising. Having Googled the words flexible, remote, work and job every which way you can think of, I was beginning to think my ideas of building some sort of business, working from home would have to remain just ideas.
Since March I have become a Digital Mum stalker; taking part in their webinars, subscribing to their email lists and following past students on Twitter. It’s actually got a bit embarrassing. Now the time has come. I have been accepted onto the Associate Programme and will begin my social media management training on January 8.
“Learning, technology and journalism. The Digital Mums Associate Programme is the next step for me.”
That gives me around four months to complete the Level 3 in web development and design. Believe me, I know that won’t be a walk in the park. Ever impatient, I am hoping the thought of the next course will spur me on, rather than cause me to lose motivation with what I am working on at the moment. I believe mindful learning will have to be the key to keeping me focussed. I already have so much going on in my world that I keep having to remind myself that ‘this is what I am doing right now’.
Becoming a Digital Mum isn’t just about getting the training I want to build my own business. Digital Mums is also very active in driving forward the idea of flexible and remote working. It’s a cause I believe in. I have enjoyed my studies. I am not a silly person. Just because I am a mum, why shouldn’t I be able to earn enough to play a part in supporting my family, while raising my family?
“I already have so much going on in my world that I keep having to remind myself that ‘this is what I am doing right now’.”
The course is going to challenging. I am prepared for that. But, I am so excited about the opportunities it should bring about for me and my family. As a journalist I am eligible to join the Associate Programme, which hooks me up with a real live business to work with as I learn *gulp*. But no matter how scary that sounds I still believe it is the best way for me to transfer my journalism skills to the digital field while working towards the lifestyle I want for my family.
Ultimately I hope I can contribute to the family finances doing something I enjoy, while still being able to attend sports days and special assemblies.
“Just because I am a mum, why shouldn’t I be able to earn enough to play a part in supporting my family, while raising my family?”
Learning, technology and journalism. The Digital Mums Associate Programme is the next step for me.
To find out more Digital Mums and the training they offer visit their website https://digitalmums.com/about
Please also consider signing the Digital Mums petition at change.org to #cleanupthefword and change the way flexible working is seen in business. To sign click here https://www.change.org/p/time-to-cleanupthefword-and-stop-flexible-working-being-seen-as-a-dirty-word-workthatworks