There is a huge amount of pressure on mums these days to ‘not opt out of work’ when the time comes to having children. With so much hype circulating about the benefits of staying in the work circuit whilst building a family, there is no wonder women suffer huge amounts of stress deliberating the logistics of balancing family and career.
We are here today however to discuss just how plausible and entirely possible it is to get back to your career after taking some years out to raise children. If you are concerned about wanting to focus on raising your children and how that will affect your chances of reinstating your career further on down the road, read on for our advice and tips on how to do both and how you can begin your journey back to work after being a stay at home mum.
Carry Out a Self Assessment
A really good place to start when looking to get back to work is to carry out a self assessment. You can do this yb asking yourself a series of questions which will help you to determine the best strategy for you to reenter the workplace.
Ask yourself questions such as ‘Why do I want to go back to work?’ and ‘What do I want to get out of my next job?’. Regardless of how long you have been out of work it is really important to establish what it is exactly that you want to achieve from your career and to have at least a vague idea of what that career looks like. Perhaps your motivation is financial or maybe your desire to get back to work is to enjoy having your own personal goals again, outside of the family. Asking yourself a range of different questions may surprise you as you realise that your reasons for working at this moment in your life could perhaps be completely different to those reasons that you worked before you had your children.
Re-Train and Re-Educate
The fact that your priorities have changed so drastically since you were last working may mean that you are not quite so inspired by your previous career and you may fancy trying something completely different that really inspires you. A lot of mothers, as they have become so used to caring for others and putting others needs before their own, decide that finding a job that will do the same is something that they are really motivated by. If this is the case for you there are a huge amount of possibilities for you working and helping people, but you will need to start, firstly with some training. Finding an online msw degree (Master of Social Work), for example is a great way to get into social work and after just a couple of years you will be fully qualified and good to go. Nursing also offers great training, both online for flexibility and at colleges and Universities if you are looking to become fully trained as soon as possible.
Perhaps you are wanting to get back into the same line of work that you were in before you started your family, but you want to make sure that your knowledge is fresh and up to date after an extended period outside of the industry. Therefore again, finding courses and training programmes will be a great idea to get you right back on track and to give you confidence that you will know exactly what you are doing making it easier to pick up from where you left off.
Exploring Career Interests
So now that you have drawn up your goals and objectives for getting back to work and have considered whether a little training before hand would be beneficial, it is now time to really time to delve into exactly what it is that you want to do. Once you start devising more specific ideals you will be able to start creating your plan of action. With all the technological advances that are being made around us, there are so many different ways of working than there used to be. The opportunity to work for yourself has increased tenfold, for example and it is now incredibly easy to work from home without putting in heavy, daily commutes. Perhaps one of the reasons that you want to go back to work is to be around people and to be more sociable in which case this is something that you will want to factor in.
Use the support around you from friends and families to help guide you into this fantastic new chapter of your life so that you can boldly reenter work with confidence, positivity and a whole new set of goals to achieve.