How being childless can lead to a change of career

By Nina Steele 

One thing that most people with children agree on is that raising them does not come cheap, particularly in today’s world characterised in great part by consumerism. In fact a recent study in the Guardian newspaper, found that by the time a child reaches the age of 21, parents would have spent over £220,000 raising them. To be able to afford such expenses, a lot of parents have to go for jobs that pay well, regardless of whether they feel passionate about those jobs or not. However, people without children do not have to suffer the same fate. Indeed, why be in a job you do not feel passionate about if you don’t have to?

My experience of people without children, particularly those who wanted them but found out they could not have them, is that once they come to terms with it, they usually go through some radical changes in their lives and the first change is a change of career. A career no longer becomes a means to an end but instead they feel able to switch to jobs they feel really passionate about even if they end up earning less.

This is all part of finding a new meaning to life. Indeed why endure so much frustration if you don’t have to? Why not live life to the full and enjoy every minute of it. It is not unusual for some people to give up their job and travel the world or even move to another country all together.



  1. GemmaRowlands says

    I know of a lot of people with children who are literally only in their jobs because of the wage, as they need to look after their family. If you only have to look after yourself, and potentially your partner who may have their own wage coming in anyway, then you will have a much better chance of having a job that you actually enjoy, as you won’t have as much pressure to keep up to date with the latest toys and gadgets. It is very hard trying to provide for a family!

  2. I know that I don’t have children, but I don’t like to think about the pressure that I would be under financially if I did. If I am short of money at the moment, I know that it’s only me that will have to cut back and suffer – but I wouldn’t like the thought of my children having to do the same. I bet people who don’t have children have a much better chance of getting a job they like rather than just one that they need, and that must improve happiness somewhat.

    • Julez Fitzmond says

      Yes, because you can go without a lot of things, but children couldn’t. I know that in my life there have been times that I have sat in the dark and cold to save on energy bills because I want a night out (I know that makes me sound odd, but it seemed worth it at the same) and there’s absolutely no way that I could have made that kind of sacrifice if I’d had children. So there are positive points!

  3. Julez Fitzmond says

    I am obviously not happy with the fact that I don’t have children, however I do appreciate the fact that I wouldn’t be able to do my job if I did have them. The hours are all over the place and my salary is never guaranteed, so there would be no way that I could ever work in this type of job while other people were relying on me. So I think that there is a lot of truth in this.

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