Mom Monday: Making Sacrifices for New Careers

I saw this blog post over at Skillcrush. It’s an opinion piece responding to a University of Phoenix commercial about a mom seeking an IT degree:

There was so much to love in these 60 seconds: giving working, single parents the credit they deserve, showing how learning digital skills can dramatically improve careers and lives, and empowering women who take the leap into tech. (Also: a Cranberries cover to pull my Gen Y heartstrings just that much more!) As a working mom, and as a former kid raised by a mom who went back to school around the time I was listening to No Need to Argue on repeat, I saw those challenges reflected and honored in this ad.
It’s a powerful story. But it’s not the whole story, and it certainly isn’t the only story.

I appreciated the reminder here that seeking a CS degree is not the only pathway, especially for folks supporting a family.

The post goes on to say that the mom in the commercial could’ve taken a variety of pathways, including coding an hour a night after the kiddos went to bed and earning extra cash. It also emphasizes that the destination career doesn’t have to look like 9 to 5 in a cubicle, which is something Skillcrush says a lot… and I’m not sure how accurate that is.

It’s certainly difficult for me to get in an hour a night, but not impossible. It was super helpful to hear from a mom working in tech that an hour a night could (potentially) pave the way for the career I want.

What are your thoughts about this? 


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