Getting back to work after a break

29th May 2016

Whether you’ve been away from the workplace for 6 months or 6 years we understand that stepping back into the working world can be a little daunting for mums. Check out a few tips from the Mums@Work team on how to prepare yourself to take that step back into the workplace.

1. How will it work for you?

Firstly, question your decision to go back to work to make sure you are 100% on board with the choice?

  • Why do you want to go back to work?
  • What kind of hours am I able to work?
  • What type of role do you want to work in? Remember you could need ow want this to be different to pre-family life
  • What sort of support do you have from your husband, family and friends?
  • Do you have the right child care in place and are you super comfortable with it?
  • How will I manage everything at home whilst balancing work?
  • Do I have any skills gaps that need addressing before returning to work?

2. What do you have to offer?

If you are returning to work after a long break it is important for employers to know you are sure about your decision and can show them your commitment to a role. Your attitude will take you a long way in being successful to returning to the workplace:

  • Be enthusiastic!  Yes you have taken a break but this has made you all the more eager to take on a new challenge
  • Communicate your skills – Taking a career break doesn’t put your personal development on hold, think of those excellent prioritisation and organisation skills you now have, not to mention multi-tasking
  • Practice your pitch – Employers love confidence. Take time to prepare and run through your interview with friends and family, or even in front of the mirror, might seem a little strange, but it really helps
  • Re-connect with your professional self – Remind yourself of how great you are, try to meet with former colleagues and get your head back into the work mode
  • Show your commitment

3. Go for it!

  • Drop us an email with your CV and we will help with any questions and help you apply for the role to best suit you
  • Enjoy the interview – Try to relax and enjoy the interview. We know it’s going to be a little daunting, but remember you have done this before and you can do it again – I mean you manage your children and we all know that isn’t easy!
  • Make sure it’s the right role for you and your family – it can be tempting to rush back into work once you have decided to take the plunge, however, make sure you are 100% certain it’s the right role and then congratulate yourself – you are back to work! 

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