An increasing number of people work away from home for long periods these days. It’s the nature of the modern job market, and many industries require it.
Clearly, a job like this isn’t much of a problem when you are young, free and easy – but for those who are trying to lay down some roots and raise a family, it can be incredibly tough. You’ll never get that lost time back, and you might feel like you will be better off by changing your profession.
However, with a little work and planning, it is possible to survive extended periods of working away from home – and to make it work for you and your family. We’re going to reveal all in the following guide, so read on to find out more.
In it together
If this career is going to work, you have to share a common vision and include it in your goals. It’s vital that your job doesn’t get in the way of your family life any more than it does already, so if you don’t have those shared goals, expect some trouble t some point. Communicate with your partner and be open and honest – it’s much better to get your cards on the table at an early date than live to regret it later on down the line.
Be actively communicative
Let’s not beat around the bush – when you are working away from home for long periods, you need to make an effort to communicate with each other. It can be tough on occasion – when you work on an oil rig, for example. But as long as you have regular conversations and catch ups with partners and kids, it can reduce some of the impacts on you and your loved ones. Modern tech such as Skype can help make working away more bearable these days than it was in the past, so we’re actually lucky in comparison to the people who worked in similar jobs many moons ago.
Your family is not the only support network you will need. Friends and relations can play a significant part, too, as you will know there is always someone there to lend a hand if your partner is struggling. Some organizations and agencies can help you, too. FIFO support – aid for those that ‘fly in fly out’ from jobs – is a good example of this. Try to create a support plan, which will help alleviate any pressures your partner might be under – and your fears and guilt about leaving them alone with a houseful of kids.
No rest for the wicked!
Be aware that although you will be tired when you get home, it won’t compare to the fatigue your partner is enduring. Running a family home is the toughest job out there when both parents are around to help. Doing it alone is a thankless and near-impossible task. So don’t expect to put your feet up when you get home, and be prepared to pull your finger out around the home. Your partner will appreciate it – and your marriage might just last the distance!