Going back to work after time out

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By Helen Slingsby – Wed 25 Oct 2017 @ 17:27

What will you want to consider if you are thinking of returning to work?

Reasons for returning to work

There are lots of important questions to consider: Why are you returning to work and what do you want to get out of it? Is it out of necessity and/or for the money or is it for mental stimulation, a challenge or perhaps to have some camaraderie now the children are at full-time school? Is it to enable you to share the workload and improve your work-life balance? Is it to regain some financial independence? Each person will have their own specific reasons for returning to work. It is important to give these questions a lot of thought to help focus your job-hunting efforts.

Full-time or part-time?

Some people may not have a choice but to work full time. Others, however, will weigh up the pros and cons of full or part-time work. If going back to work is largely to regain part of the ‘old you’, to boost your self-esteem, make new friends or for stimulation, then money might not be such a burning issue. If so, there’s an opportunity to try something completely new or to retrain perhaps. I often tell clients that those of us who have taken time out to look after their children are actually pretty fortunate in having a natural career break and the opportunity to rethink their future.

Some types of work to consider

  • Retraining as a teacher/previously full-time teachers working part-time or becoming a classroom assistant.
  • Property development.
  • Setting up a specialist mail order company - one of my clients sells olive oils, another leather goods.
  • Becoming a student – part-time distant learning courses enable you to manage the family and retrain at the same time.
  • Developing a dormant passion or talent - one client was always creative but never used her skills until recently she decided to paint modern art to order to suit people’s home interiors.
  • Domestic cleaning – maybe join forces with a friend and set up a cleaning company.
  • Retail – it has flexible hours.

For more advice on returning to work or a career change, contact Helen Slingsby at Career Breakthrough.