Good for the career, bad for the family?
Graduates leave their educational path with a scientific and a rather practical degree, sometimes even go directly to their training company and get there due to their dual way very good jobs in prospect.
But how is this challenging path of education to be tackled with one child, whether alone or together with the other parent? With the right planning and financial support, a dual degree course can actually work with young people.
Studying with child and working
The aspect of studying with a child is not as difficult in Germany as it is often assumed. Many universities have either KiTas or childcare for the next generation of students; if not, students are entitled to a day mother.
They will need these opportunities for childcare especially for their work, because they have to stick to their training schedule. At some colleges it is even allowed to take the little ones into the lecture hall, provided that they behave quietly there.
Maternity protection and re-entry
The issue can become more complicated, since an employer must comply with the statutory maternity protection and any professional bargaining. Once the pregnancy is known, talk with the employer and the college, as the employer can then advise on how to proceed.
Eight weeks after giving birth, the mother can not be employed, and six weeks of maternity protection are planned. At the express wish of the pregnant woman, maternity leave may be omitted before childbirth until childbirth and may continue to work.
The re-entry and the resumption of study should be discussed as early as possible so that the young mother does not have to worry about the career. Further tips and suggestions for the management of a dual study with child is provided by this article.
Somewhat more difficult can be a dual study, if the parents or only one parent abroad. If it is only a semester, one can think about whether the next generation is able to live with the other parent or perhaps the grandparents during this time, while the parents are visited during the semester abroad.
But you can also take a child with you, but then have to inform yourself early on child care and financial support for students with children. However, in the EU at least there are many cultures in which childcare is even better regulated than in Germany, so that even fewer obstacles are placed in the way of students and working parents. Further tips and information about the situation of studying and working parents who are looking forward to a semester abroad, also offers this article.
Students in dual studies who expect a child need one thing above all else: financial security. This depends on whether they complete a distance learning course and work in parallel, or whether they are enrolled in a recognized dual study course. In the case of distance education, the employer regulates the pregnancy and the study remains unaffected as it is subject to management by the parents.
Pregnant women are entitled to maternity allowance during maternity leave and they are entitled to parental leave. This is also the father of the child, in exceptional cases also the companion of the child, who takes care of the child, while the working time decreases. A dual course in which studies and training take place at the same time, there is the possibility to adjust the BAföG benefits if they are obtained.
Also in these cases the parental benefit can be interesting. In addition, young people are encouraged to take care of their children through a day-care mother or to take them to the KiTa for students.
Checklist for a dual study with child
In this checklist I once again summarized the most important points for the study with child:
- Knowledge of the employer / university about pregnancy? Only then does the protection of your rights apply!
- Who will look after the child from birth?
- When will the university study be resumed?
- When will the work be resumed?
- Parental allowance, child allowance, childcare allowance: which financing options are available for the young parents?
- What is to be done for the planning of a foreign semester with a child?
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