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Motherhood: The Most Recession-Proof Job for 2009

Comparing the current recession to earlier ones in history, including 1981–1982, 1990–1991, and 2001, only some employment sectors experienced no job loss. In studying this list, I noticed one job that shares much of the same responsibilities as all the others combined. Motherhood. Take a look at this entertaining and timely comparison that serves as a reminder of what makes mothers so indispensable in any economy and what we can learn from Mom’s in today’s market.

Five Recession Proof Industries Compared to Moms’ Job Responsibilities:

Security
: crime has increased during every recession ensuring jobs for fireman, police, law enforcement, customs, and security remain
Mom’s Role in Security: responsible for securing all unsafe environments,
able to respond frequently and quickly to emergency calls-screams and cries, protects the wine cellar from teenagers

Healthcare: increased mental and physical stress experienced in today’s market equal demand for nurses, doctors, psychologists, caregivers, medical assistants, physical therapists, medical records
Mom’s Role in Healthcare: administer antibiotics, take temperature, tend to skin abrasions, clean soiled bedding, help make sense of life’s mental and physical challenges, keep immunization records and medication history up to date

Education: need for trained teachers and skilled people in core processes of the education industry
Mom’s Role in Education: use formal and informal coaching tools to teach new language skills, sentence structure, social skills, mentoring, help with homework, and answer questions relating to how everything in life works

Food Industry: people can’t give up eating, even during a recession
Mom’s Role in Food Industry: menu planner, purchaser of food, nutritionist, chef, host, waitress, dishwasher

Sales and Marketing: businesses need to market more aggressively in hard times. Skilled marketing and salespeople will do well
Mom’s Role in Sales and Marketing: skillful at collaboration, social networking, able to re-brand old products and pitch new ideas in inventive, cost-effective ways, i.e.: broccoli presented as green monster soup

The job descriptions for “mom” floating around the Internet poke fun at the notoriously lowest paying, most demanding job there is. Mom’s ability to demonstrate an enormous amount of skill in a large variety of job functions has unquestionably earned her the title of most recession-proof job—even amongst a list of recession proof industry jobs.

In its 2009 Corporate Learning Factbook, research firm Bersin & Associates found that, “Today’s business world demands a combination of formal and informal learning with an emphasis on collaboration, knowledge sharing, social networking, coaching, and mentoring.” The obvious similarities between the skills demanded in the workforce and those of a mother send bells whistling for me. Us moms could be the world’s most valuable resource on many levels.

Because we are so highly adapted to knowledge sharing, moms could likely teach some of our other trademark skills, including flexibility, organization, multi-tasking, efficiency and speed, budgeting and accounting, focus and prioritizing, just to name a few.

Perhaps we should lobby for moms to collect payment in addition to the current currency of homemade pasta crowns, handmade beaded jewelry, finger-painted picture frames, and hugs (though I truly adore all of these from my daughters). In this economy it seems mother really does know best. This could be our year to add consultant to our list of qualifications.

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