Career-related decision-making can be complicated, and when you layer-in the compromise, negotiation and complexity that comes with combining your work, personal and family responsibilities, the whole thing can feel a bit enormous.
When you’re contemplating returning to work after a career break to care for children, yourself or someone else, there can be a lot to think about. Career-related decision-making can be complicated, and when you layer-in the compromise, negotiation and complexity that comes with combining your work, personal and family responsibilities, the whole thing can feel a bit enormous.
You may be feeling dissatisfied with some elements of your current life, you might not get as much fulfilment from your current activities and you might feel the odd pang of resentment, confusion or boredom. A clear pathway back into paid work is not yet clear and sometimes you’re not even sure if the benefits of returning to work outweigh the costs.
All in all, you’re not quite sure where to start making sense of it all.
Returning to work as a parent entails a number of variables that just aren’t relevant before you have children. The psychological, professional, practical and personal considerations can seem vast and overwhelming when you consider them en masse, but when you assess your state of readiness or preparedness for each of the component parts one-by-one, you can start to shift your overwhelm, into clarity about the here and now.
With a clearer view of your state of readiness to return to work, you’re better able to decide what your next steps might be.
Whilst our Career Clarity Program helps you to identify the most suitable career options based on who you are and what is important to you, our Career Comeback Program focuses on supporting you to make the change happen.
If you know your field of interest, and you’re still wrestling with the idea of returning to work, our FREE Return to Work Readiness Assessment might be just what you need. Our short readiness assessment takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and will help you to get clear on your current state of readiness to return to work, across a spectrum of areas that we know matter, from clarity around what motivates you to return to work, strategies to better manage guilt and build confidence, the sharing of domestic responsibilities at home, preparation for interviews and how to confidently reference your career gap. The assessment also includes some powerful questions to help you to prepare for the next step forward.
When you’re clear on the current reality of each of the areas included in our assessment tool, you’re less likely to experience a false start (which can cause a knock to your confidence) and you’ll be better equipped to choose the specific actions you’d like to prioritise. The task ahead may still feel a little daunting, but with clarity around your starting point, you can begin to work on the areas that you have identified you’d like to shift first.
FREE DOWNLOAD - RETURN TO WORK READINESS ASSESSMENT - Our Free Readiness Assessment is available to anyone who has registered for a Free sample of our Career Comeback Program, so sign up today and you’ll receive your complimentary download in your welcome email.
If you like the idea of someone stepping you through the stages of a successful return to work, register for a Free Sample of our Career Comeback program today.