By: Elizabeth Badejo
Committing to the responsibilities of raising your children as a stay-at-home mum is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world and there is nothing more fulfilling. Nevertheless there comes a time when it may become necessary for you to go back to work, start a new career or a new business so that you can contribute to the financial needs of your growing family as well as fulfil your own dream of being self-sufficient too. A stay-at-home mum who previously had an accomplished career in the past may certainly be looking forward to restarting her career once the children are of age.
Returning back to work after years of being a stay-at-home mum can also be as a result of several fundamental factors which can become traumatising and frightening for a woman who suddenly has to make that decision out of unfortunate circumstances. Financial necessity can also compel a stay-at-home mum to quickly seek employment in the situation of an impending divorce or the death of a spouse.
Yes, you can restart your career after many years of being a stay-at-home mum and the first step to take is to be clear about what you want to do and map out realistic goals to achieve it. Being a stay-at-home mum can create a great opportunity to make new friends as well as keep in touch with former colleagues from time to time.
They say that a friend in need is a friend indeed. When you decide to return to work, you will need the support and assistance of your friends who are familiar with the current work ethics and able to help you through the process of getting back to work again. Starting a new business may not only require capital but also detailed information about the business too. This is a good time to tap into your network of friends and also find a business mentor.
Volunteering is rewarding
One of the most valuable advantages of being a stay-at-home mum is the experience and skills gained during the gap years while you were away from work. If you were involved in voluntary works either at your children’s school, charities or groups and have played active roles, you would have gained certain skills which can be very valuable in the workforce.
In reality, you need to figure out how to fill your work gap on your resume with the skills and experience that you’ve acquired during your time as a stay-at-home mum. If you have honestly mastered the skills of running your family life successfully, you have become a great administrator and a problem solver.
- Years spent as a stay-at-home mum can never be quantified; therefore going back to work again should never be measured with your own yard sticks. If you truly feel fulfilled that you chose to stay at home to raise your children, you will certain enjoy the same fulfilment at the workplace.
- It is undoubtedly going to be a gradual process finding the right job and rebuilding your career again in today’s competitive labour market but with a positive mindset, determination and tenacity, you will ultimately launch yourself back to work again.