Returning to Work After a Career Break
If you are a parent and taken time out of work or have had any other career break, the thought of going back to work can feel a little overwhelming. Going back into the workforce after being out of it for a number of years can be challenging. You may feel like you lack confidence in your ability and skills. You may even fear you have forgotten the knowledge, or worry about getting back into a routine.
Whatever the reason, you can overcome how you feel to get back to work. You may need to update a few things and take your time getting transitioning, but it can be done. Read on for tips to help.
What Kind of Job Do You Want?
It can be all well and good heading out to look a the job boards and sites to see what is out there. Before you do that, you need to know what kind of job that you are looking for. Is there a particular sector that you want to get into? How about trying something completely new? Do you want a full-time role or working on specific days? How about working from home and flexible hours? Consider all of this first so that your search isn’t wasted.
Read up on what you use to do, or what you plan to go into is a great idea. You may be a little rusty in some areas of the industry. Software and technology changes and you may need to learn anew.
You could also plan to go back to school if you want to start a career in something totally new. Plus, you can even study from home. For example, you can get a computer science online masters degree to improve and hone your skills. Training and taking the time to learn and improve your skill set can be what you need to give yourself a bit of confidence. It can show you that you are ready to get back into working.
Think about the last time you had a formal interview. For some, it was probably many years since their last. You might want to have some practice interviews with a friend.
It could be as simple to prepare some answers for yourself. If it is possible, get reacquainted with an interview setting. It is important to get the practice in for interviews. Make sure that you give yourself time. Having an interview go well can could be something that makes or breaks your career.
Do you have any tips on how to re-enter the workforce?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.