Karren Brady’s career advice on supporting your partner’s career ambitions… – The Sun

APPRENTICE star and West Ham United vice-chair Karren Brady answers your careers questions and meets an inspirational CEO.
Here she gives a reader advice on how to support her partner's new career ambitions while being realistic.
Q) My husband and I both work in care roles at an NHS hospital. However, the stress of the job over the last two years has led my husband to consider a change of direction.
I empathise with him, but he’s really frustrating me. He’s full of barmy ideas for jobs he’s completely unqualified for – one minute he wants to be a carpenter (his only experience is putting together flat-pack furniture!), the next a chef (he makes a good roast, but has no formal training).
There’s no way we’d be able to survive on just my salary if he were to retrain. I do want to support his ambitions, but we also need to be realistic. Do you have any advice?
Marianne, via email
A) You and your husband have no doubt been under unimaginable stress during what’s been the most difficult and unpredictable few years in our lives.
I am not surprised your husband is toying with the ideas of jobs that take him far away from the kind of stress and pressure he’s been under.
The fact that he’s coming up with all these ideas but not actually pursuing them makes me think he’s fantasising as a form of escapism with no real intention of actually applying for them.
If you do think he’s starting to seriously explore a new career, then you should be supportive of him, but as you say, in a realistic manner.
Have an honest conversation about what you could afford if he had to accept a lower salary and the impact it would have on your lifestyle.
If he is unhappy working for the NHS, then it’s right he looks for a job elsewhere, but he needs to make a planned decision – not a spur-of-the-moment one that would cause stress in the future.
Registered nutritionist and bestselling author Rhiannon Lambert, 33, lives in London with her property company director husband and their sons Zachary, two, and Theodore, 19 weeks.
I wake up at…
2am for a night feed then, if I’m lucky, 6am. I post social media content then prepare porridge for the family. Ordinarily I work from my Harley Street Rhitrition clinic, but right now, because I’m breastfeeding Theo, I work from home.
I never checked out of work after having him – my business and brand are so reliant on me, plus I was releasing a new book at the time, so needed to work on promotion.
My husband goes into London early, so I eat breakfast with the kids, then on Mondays and Wednesdays, a nanny helps me with Theo while Zachary’s at nursery. When she arrives at 8am, I jump in the shower before work at 8.30am.
A normal day involves…
There are lots of areas of the business – my Food For Thought podcast, the consultancy and I’m a nutritionist for several brands. When I’m creating social content, on photo shoots or recording interviews for the podcast, I pick a day when Zachary is at nursery, for maximum peace and quiet.
I’ll also schedule consultancy calls, university talks or face-to-face meetings with my publisher.
Recently my team of 10 came to my house to work on our new supplement range – it sped up the work process and kept morale high.
Every day I also keep an eye on Rhitrition+ stock, monitor media coverage and check that our spending is showing results. I finish work at 5pm, but most nights I’m back on the laptop after the kids are in bed.
The best part of my job is…
Helping people. There is no greater feeling than receiving letters from people whose lives have improved.
And the worst…
The juggle, being overwhelmed and when I have the ambition, but not the time, to physically make things happen.
I wind down by…
Having a bath. When I had just one child and had more time, I relaxed with yoga, but I’m still figuring out the work, life and motherhood balance with a second!
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