If you’ve ever taken a career break, you know that getting back into the swing of things can be a daunting task. At Successful Mums, we understand the challenges and want to break down the barriers that may be holding you back, whether it’s a lack of confidence, the need for career advice or finding quality childcare, we’re here to help.
Get ready to reclaim your work-mojo as Jane Knight, Successful Mums founder provides her Seven Top Tips for career success;
How do you deal with the Mum Guilt? Be kind to yourself. Mums all too often strive for perfection, we set ourselves unrealistic expectations which naturally leave us feeling disappointed. Be sensible about what you can accomplish at work and home; and ask for help when you need it; surround yourself with positive and supportive people. Prioritise what needs to be done week to week, set yourself achievable goals and make time for you.
How will everything not collapse if I go back to work? You may have been so busy raising a family that you have disconnected slightly with the person you were before, but that person is still there. Things will not collapse if you take some time to plan ahead. Managing your time effectively enables you to allocate time to tasks, people and activities in a balanced way to ensure you have space for all the important things, and make sure you use your support network.
Creating balance and better work/life/family boundaries – practical steps and tips. There are some quick things you can do like: get organised for school/nursery the night before minimising the stress in the morning; plan your meals in advance and use online shopping. If your children are old enough, get them involved in a cleaning rota, or if money allows get a cleaner. By supporting a local mum in her cleaning business you get time to spend with your family. And do not underestimate self-care. Assign an hour a week to you – have a bath, run, read, relax whatever helps you clear your mind. Think about the aeroplane emergency scenario – you are told to place your own oxygen mask on before helping others, so make sure you are the priority, if you have a clear head you will cope so much better.
Return Vs Retrain
How to decide what’s best? If you’re on a career break but returning to the same sector or a similar type of role, you might just want to refresh your CV and get going. Successful Mums has links to employers who are keen to take on women returners. But if your confidence is lacking; if you are looking to change career; or need to update your digital skills training could be a better option. Successful Mums offers one-to-one coaching, which is tailored to you, and can provide all the advice and support you need when deciding on next steps. Why not consider some volunteering work, or joining a PTA which will help you manage the transition back to work, and will also look great on your CV.
CV + skills – Feeling rusty?
There are three key aspects when it comes to building a great CV: honesty – make sure it reflects your career and achievements; focussed – make it relevant to the job application; and simple – use bullet points and keep to two pages. You might have been out of work for a while but think about all the transferable skills you have as a parent – organisation; problem solving; communication and negotiation are so important to employers and, yet they skills you are using daily as a mother!
Childcare – what are my options?
As soon as you decide to start the journey back to employment, explore childcare. There are lots of different childcare options available including nurseries; childminders and nannies. Do your research, speak to friends and family. Dependent on the age of your child you could also be eligible for benefits from government support. If you are working, you could be entitled to Tax Free Childcare; and 30 hours of funded childcare per week if your child is aged 3 to 4. Whatever setting you choose, look for somewhere close to home so that the commute is easier, consider your working pattern and how a childcare arrangement will work for you, not just now, but in the future. Having a child that is happy and settled with a childcare provider will make a huge difference to you.
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