What will your next step be?
For some this could mean changing careers or even starting a new one.
Once you start thinking about taking this important step in your life, it would be a good idea to do some research online. To understand what’s actually out there, how to update your CV or to see which roles you are best suited too.
Thankfully the Internet is full of amazing sources of information, from working mothers offering genuine advice to sites such as blog Jobrapido which offers professional guidance, from choosing the right career to interview preparation. It’s also important to consider possible study period/courses you might want or need to undertake for certain positions. Being prepared will give you more confidence to re-evaluate your career, and give yourself the time to reflect on what you want.
Juggling between work and family is not an easy task. Being a mum might mean a full-time career is simply not do-able, or just something you don't want to do anymore. However, it is important to remember that you have many options on what you can do afterwards, to keep the two most important parts of your life balanced.
You could start your journey pursuing a part-time job, which would give you the chance to balance family and work, while keeping your mind stimulated professionally. Though there are always some pros and cons that need to be considered. Here are just some that you might want to keep in mind.
Since working part-time requires fewer hours, it means that your time with your family won’t be as affected as that of a full-time employee. Remember to be up front and open with your employer - don’t be afraid to request flexible hours and know your working rights, before being pressured into agreeing to more hours than you had originally wanted.
Getting out of the office in time to pick up your children from school, or to take them to their various after-school activities, is often a very important point for a working parent. However, for many of us it is simply easier and more practical to consider finding someone else who can offer help with childcare. Whether this be family, friends, child-minders, nannies, or an after-school club. I advise doing lots of research and even talk to other parents, to see what they decided on.
Working fewer hours will of course mean that you will earn less money than a full-time worker. But if you are one for a challenge, you could always ask your boss for extra work, in order to gain a little extra money. You must consider if the number of hours you are working, and the amount you will earn, are worth the extra work you will have to do, in order to organise your life around a new job.
Sometimes (not in every company) if you start working part-time you might not be eligible for benefits such as paid holiday, or sick days. Again be sure of your rights, and don’t be afraid to ask questions - you’ll kick yourself later if you don’t!
For any decision that you are going to make, always try to not underestimate yourself. Don't doubt yourself too much, be confident and always think about what YOU want. Maternity leave helps you welcome one part of your life and also reflect on the other. Take advantage of the time you have and be sure to enjoy every minute!
In Collaboration with Mary J