For the first few years of your child’s life, they are all that you can think about. You need to ensure that they’re well-fed, well looked after, and have everything they need to become an awesome little human. Eventually, however, they’ll take themselves off to school to begin the next phase of their life, and you’ll be left wondering what you should do. This may be the time you think about rejoining the workforce, but if it has been some years since you last had a job, then you may have some hesitations about transitioning back into the world of work. Expect to find the workplace to be multigenerational, spanning across four separate generations; this has led to the question being asked of how best to manage in this situation, something researchers at USC Dornsife have attempted to solve. Below, we take a look at a few tips that’ll make the process of re-entering the workforce a little bit more straightforward.
Using Your Free Time
Because of the demands of motherhood, you’d be forgiven if you’ve more or less forgotten what it’s like to work for someone who isn’t a part of your family. The idea of working towards something that does not directly influence you may feel alien, yet, of course, that’s what most work is. To refamiliarize with working for something bigger than yourself, consider volunteering. There will be plenty of organizations in the local area who need a hand. Call up one that supports a cause close to your heart, and see what they need. Even volunteering a few hours a week will help you get back into the rhythm of work.
Topping Up Your Education
The world moves fast these days. If you’ve been out of the workforce for some years, you might find that new skills are required for most jobs, even those in which you’ve previously got experience doing. To make yourself more employable, look at studying towards a qualification that will lead to a job that is especially suitable for mothers, such as operations management or supply chain planning. Things like lean online courses will give you the education you need to succeed in these jobs, and can also be done from home. It’s a handy way to mentally prepare yourself for a return to work and make yourself more employable at the same time.
It might be a bit of a jump, admittedly, to go straight from being a full-time mother to being a full-time worker. But who says you need to make the leap all in one go? It’s a better idea to slowly transition into this position. Begin by finding part-time work; it’ll help you to get used to your new role. Once you’ve got used to being in a working environment, you can look at stepping up into full-time work.
When it comes to finding a job, it’s all networking these days. Most jobs are never advertised, and the ones that are, receive way too many replies. Don’t put yourself through that. Instead, talk with your friends and family members, and have them keep an ear to the ground for any new opportunities. It’ll make finding a job much more straightforward, and likely more enjoyable if you already have a connection at your new work!
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