Most Than Just About Earning An Income
The client that I had the conversation with did eventually became a financial planner and I had the opportunity to personally mentor her in the career. I’ve learnt that beyond the obvious reason to earn an income, there are other benefits to working while being a care giver that perhaps have not been so obvious but are just as important.
From my personal observation, they include:
1. A Form Of Mental Break
The work of a financial planner is not a piece of cake and it can be tiring. However, as the nature of the work is so different from caregiving, it allows for a switch in focus and that provides for a much-needed mental break.
2. Sense Of Achievement
Some care givers may have had a successful career before giving it up to be a full time care giver. Having the opportunity to build a career for themselves gives them back the sense of achievement and growth.
3. Confidence For The Future
Instead of drawing down on existing savings or relying on allowance from others, being able to earn an income provides confidence about their financial future.
Above all, because a career in financial planning allows for control over your own time, there is less of a sense of guilt as there is no compromise to the commitment of being a care giver.