Many moms dream of returning to the workforce once their kids are more independent. Here’s what you should know are some tips on returning to work after your time off.
Taking time off to have and raise kids is something many women have done and will continue to do. However, many also dream of returning to the workforce once their kids are more independent. Some may want to go back to the careers they had before, while others may want to go and build brand new careers to reflect the new skills and interests they’ve picked up during their time off.
Here, we’re going to discuss how you can go back to building a career after your time off as a mom and what you should know. Take a look!
Don’t Rush The Process
When you’re trying to build a career from the ground up again, the best thing you can do is take it slowly. Look for part-time jobs in your career field so that you can ease your transition – but if you do want to do something entirely different, that’s fine too. Just don’t expect miracles overnight.
Know Exactly What It Is You Want
Looking for a job and building your career is daunting for just about anybody, so consider what kind of work you’d like to be doing so you can structure your search accordingly. This might be the time to do some personality tests online to give you some ideas if you’re a little stuck.
Some would like to go to work and be able to build a stunning resume as they make their way up the career ladder. Others would like a job that they are able to leave at the door when they get home so they can focus on their family. This is entirely your call. If you want to put some of your newfound skills to the test, you might consider a job caring for others. This resource from Norwich University can give you a few ideas to help you hone your search.
Network As Much as You Can
Make sure you start networking as much as possible. This doesn’t just mean talking to people in the business, but other working parents, too. Speak to people who successfully made the transition and they will likely have some great tips for you.
The phrase ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ definitely still stands, too. You never know who you might meet to help you get your foot in the door.
Get the Support Of Your Family
One of the best things you can do is gain the support of your kids, partner, and family. Keep them involved in the search process and make sure they stay informed so they always feel good about your return to work. Chatting with your kids about it will make it seem much less daunting for them and can actually help them to get excited for you. You could even talk to them about the exciting things this will mean for you as a family – will you have more money for trips?
How are you going to start building a career after time off as a mom? Leave a comment.