Tips on Returning to Work After Children

Last updated on May 5th, 2024 at 03:18 pm

Returning to work after having kids can be a little daunting, particularly if you’ve been out of work for a few years. For a few simple tips to navigate this transition, try the following tips.

1. Get networking again

When you’ve been out of work for a while, it’s a good idea to start networking. Set up a profile outlining your usual line of work, along with your career goals. For a few networking apps, try the following:

  • LinkedIn: Your first line of call for networking should be LinkedIn. It’s dead simple to set up a profile and start adding suitable business contacts.
  • Shapr: Shapr is a professional networking application where you can connect with recruiters, employers, potential staff, or similar professionals.
  •  LetsLunch: This is a useful networking app to find valuable professional contacts. Simply input your goals and your calendar, and the app will match you with suitable connections.

2. Consider further education

Being out of work is the perfect time to update your skills, so you might like to consider further education before returning to work. Many institutions offer flexible study options, whether online or part-time. Taking a course can demonstrate to your future employers that you are serious about your career, and are ready to invest time in your future. Before you choose a further education course, it’s essential to establish your career goals clearly. Are you looking to continue in your previous industry, or pursue something new altogether?

Perhaps a job where it benefits your family, like a babysitter course. There are plenty of nannies, child minders, care givers, and babysitters needed around the world. Take a small course could benefit your own parenting too. Might even give you the flexibility you need to work and have your children together.

 3 . Begin with a small scale project

When you’ve been out of work for a long while, jumping back in the deep end can feel a little daunting. It can be nice to start with a small scale project to make some money online. You might like to make some homemade items and sell them? Whether it’s homemade jewelry, pottery or soaps, there’s a huge market for homemade niche goods. 

Etsy Marketplace is a great place to get started, it’s simple to set up an online store, and the selling fees are low.

 4. Consider a careers adviser

Feeling unsure about your career options? In that case, it may be useful to book a session with a careers adviser. A careers adviser can help you to determine your skillset, establish your goals, find suitable roles and improve your resume. Whether you’re looking for a brand new career path or advice on returning to your old role, careers coaching is a great solution. Plus, if you sign up with specialists like Wegman Partners, who can help you find the ideal job, things get a lot less scary and a lot more exciting.  

5. Create a website

Creating your own website is a great way to market yourself. You could try using platforms such as WordPress to access free website building tools. Consider writing a blog, and teaching yourself a bit of SEO to draw people to your site. Writing a blog about your industry can help you to demonstrate your credibility and establish a web presence. You might be setting up a business working from home or starting a new role with a company. Either way, a website is a fantastic tool.

Last up, when you are searching for new roles, try to focus on industry-specific sites. Whether it’s a site for digital marketing roles or a physician job search board, specialist sites allow you to target your search. When you’re on this journey, it can be useful to keep a career journal, to document your progress and keep track of your goals.

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