If you’re looking for a gut feeling to let you know you’re ready to leave home, you’re going to be waiting a pretty long time. The truth is you’re never going to feel fully ready, but that’s okay. As long as you know your children are going to be well looked after, and you feel willing to take on the challenge, go back to work with a positive mindset and don’t fret about whether it’s too early or too late.
Responding to emails and faxing invoices can seem worlds away from the universe of pureed fruit and interrupted sleep-cycles, so be patient with yourself when you’re joining back. Things may not snap back into place immediately, so take time to reacclimatise to the office. You may want to drop in for a day before you officially begin to get yourself back into the headspace to work.
A lot of new parents worry about their children affecting their work negatively, but these insecurities aren’t found on anything factual! Having children only heightens your ability to juggle tasks, so stay confident of your ability to work and remember that you now have a new paradigm with which to approach both the world and problem-solving with.
Websites like LEAP make it easy for you to find the career you’re looking for, as do other social media websites. Tapping into the networks you’ve made within your industry can also be a really useful way to find vacancies or let people know you’re available to begin working. Word-of-mouth references can be a really useful way to re-enter the working world.
Depending on a variety of factors, you may find it necessary for your old job to be more flexible than it once used to be. Have an honest conversation about your manager about the possibility of having more adaptable timings, or, if you’re only just applying for work, consider trying something that is part-time. The advent of technology makes it easier than ever for remote working and flexible time schedules, so don’t be disheartened if you don’t find something immediately – the opportunity is out there.
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