Getting back to work after a career break can be tough. Whether it has been 12 months or 12 years, it’s natural for feelings of self-doubt and uncertainty to creep in – but that doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks.

Since 2014, Successful Mums Career Academy has supported thousands of women back into employment. We’ve had countless conversations with would-be working mums about their biggest challenges and, time and time again, it boils down to a lack of ‘The Three Cs’: confidence, career advice and childcare. Taking their concerns on board we’ve designed our training courses to tackle these challenges head-on and clear the way for mums to plot a path to new, successful careers.

1. Confidence

Many women tell us that a career break and loss of confidence go hand in hand. No matter how polished, professional or on top of their game they once felt, the mere thought of having been “out of the loop” or feeling a little rusty can be enough to stop them from getting out there and going for the jobs they really want. Addressing this confidence gap is at the heart of the Successful Mums Confidence Course, which aims to give both your confidence and your CV a much-needed boost.

With online learning modules, live webinars and dedicated back-to-work trainers, we’ll get you “work ready” in six weeks – and support you every step of the way. You’ll rediscover your professional skills and accomplishments, nail down the transferable skills you’ve acquired as a parent AND gain the must-have digital skills employers are looking for in the post-pandemic world. From online diary management and virtual meetings to presentation software, we’ll have you up to speed in no time. 

By helping you create a stand-out CV and LinkedIn profile and offering the inside track for job vacancies, interview techniques and tried-and-tested time management skills, this programme focuses on setting you up for success as a working mum. You’ll gain two accredited qualifications and get access to our wide range of work resources – not to mention links to employers who are currently recruiting. An incredible 92% of women say they feel more confident after completing our training, with 70% going on to secure new jobs or start their own businesses within 12 months.  

2. Career advice

Returning to work after a career break is the ideal time to reassess your vacation, think about what you want from your job (Flexibility? On-the-job training?), or even head off in a completely new direction.

Sign up for Successful Mums’ 121 Career Coaching and we’ll give you everything you need to pinpoint your goals and find a job you love. Whether completed on its own, or as the perfect companion to our Confidence Course, this programme will give you a sense of clarity and focus as you return to work.

Personalised advice and mentoring from our expert trainers will be based on your previous experience, interests and aspirations. They’ll offer support as you start to look for work and will signpost you to suitable jobs. Our trainers have links to employers who are actively recruiting, including those that offer flexible, family-friendly work, and you’ll receive support for up to a year – even as you find your feet in your new role!

3. Childcare

If it’s the thought of trying to arrange and manage childcare that’s holding you back from finding you perfect role, we can help. Through Successful Mums Career Academy, you can access free advice regarding childcare options, settings and funding, as well as innovative ideas for working around your family life. Our trainers are mums too and have a wealth of advice and personal experiences to share. Working with agencies such as early years specialists PACEY, we can direct you to resources that will help you make the best decision for you and your family, giving you the peace of mind to truly focus on your new career.

If you want to find out what courses Successful Mums Career Academy can offer you, register your interest HERE and one of our friendly team will be in touch.

Start your back-to-work journey with ‘The Three Cs’ today. All our courses are fully funded and therefore free to you, if you meet the eligibility criteria.