Mums Making A Comeback To The Working World…
The stage eventually comes for all stay-at-home-mothers when their children don’t quite leave the nest, but certainly find their own independence upon starting school. New friends, growing interests and no doubt a busy extra-curricular social schedule means that ‘mum’ suddenly has some extra time on her hands. This is usually the time that many SAHM’s begin thinking about re-starting their career. But goodness, where on earth to begin, for unless you are happy or able to go back to your past profession, it leaves the somewhat bewildering and daunting question of ‘What do I do now?’
Although I’m still a good three years off this major life landmark, being the chronic planner that I am, I’ve been trying to imagine what it’s like for mum’s currently going about building their career again. I can easily vouch for the fact that the job of a mum (and dad!) is indeed one of the most challenging roles out there, but the life skills gained during this tumultuous and demanding period are often overlooked by ourselves when assessing what we are capable of achieving in the big wide working world. So it’s crucial to think about how you can adapt those skills, but certainly don’t let them go to waste – you worked hard to get them!
I often like to believe that nothing is impossible in life as long as you have the drive, ambition and passion to follow something through. The best thing you can do is sit down and really think hard about where you see yourself in the future. Try to avoid putting up barriers and be open to new ideas. Ask yourself the questions…’If I had the choice to do anything, what would it be? What are my core talents?’. And then focus on what you need to do to get there. Maybe take an adult education class, turn your hobby / interest into your own business, do some local volunteering to gain up-to-date experience, send out proactive applications to desired employers, go freelance…Ultimately, you need to make it work for you and your lifestyle. Thankfully, these days the hours of 9 till 5 in the workplace are far less rigid as employers are prepared to be much more flexible.
It’s very easy for stay at home parents to lose their self-esteem and business confidence throughout the years of putting their children and families first, but as Henry Ford, a prominent American industrialist once said…’There isn’t a person anywhere that isn’t capable of doing more than (s)he thinks (s)he can’, which is worth remembering when going through a period of self-doubt about the next stage in your life.
Visit these resources for ideas and more information:www.workingmums.co.uk www.kentadulteducation.co.uk www.do-it.org.uk (Volunteering) www.businesslink.gov.uk (Business Start-Up) Netmums(Advice & Forums) www.mumandworking.co.uk
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