Motherhood is a beautiful journey filled with love, joy, and countless sacrifices. However, for many mums, there comes a time when they are ready to re-enter the workforce after taking a career break to focus on their families.
Returning to work after a substantial gap can be both exciting and challenging. In this blog, Jane Knight, founder of Successful Mums, explores seven strategies to help you successfully navigate this transition.
1. Embrace Your Mum-Experience
First and foremost, it’s important to recognise the immense value of the skills and experience gained during your career break as a mum. Raising children requires exceptional multitasking; organisation; problem-solving; time-management; and communication skills. Highlight these transferable skills on your CV and during interviews, showcasing how they can contribute to your professional success.
2. Update Your Knowledge and Skills
Depending on the length of your career break, it might be beneficial to update your knowledge to match the current industry trends. It could be you brush up on skills through a course; or attend a webinar or workshop or perhaps even volunteer to gain practical experience. Demonstrating a commitment to continuous learning will boost your confidence and enhance your competitiveness in the job market.
3. Build a Network
Returning to work can feel incredibly overwhelming at times, but remember, you are not alone. Seek out support from fellow mums who have successfully made the transition back to work; join networking groups or online communities; and connect with professional organisations relevant to your field. Building a supportive network will provide valuable insights advice, and encouragement throughout your journey.
4. CREATE A FLEXIBLE WORK SCHEDULE
Balancing work and family responsibilities can be a real concern for mums returning to work. When looking for jobs, consider positions that offer flexible work arrangements or remote working options. Did you know that you can now request flexible working from day one of a job. So don’t be afraid to ask.
5. Don’t forget self-care
As a mum, it’s crucial to remember that taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your family and career. Prioritise self-care activities such as exercise, relaxation
techniques, and spending quality time with loved ones. By maintaining a healthy work-life balance, you will not only thrive professionally but also personally. Our Positive Wellbeing Course provides strategies for positive wellbeing, stress management and work-life balance.
6. Seek support
Take advantage of the support available to help you during this transition. Reach out to Successful Mums and find out how we can help. You could enrol on our Back to Work and Confidence course; speak with your career coach; attend job fairs; or take a look at our Job Board. We can provide tailored guidance, interview coaching, job search support and so much more making the start of your next chapter smoother and more successful.
7. It’s all about you
Now is your time to shine! Just as you have supported your family during your career break, when you go back to work, the tables turn and it is time for them to support you. Be realistic about what you can achieve each week and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Write lists, set goals and if you have a partner and older children get them involved in chores. As a mum it feels alien to prioritise ourselves but to make it work you must put yourself first!
If you are ready to embark on your back to work journey, Successful Mums is here to help you confidently navigate this transition and achieve your career goals. Register your interest HERE and one of our team will be in touch.