Tips to help motivate you to return to work after becoming a mum or being on maternity.

Returning to work after maternity or being a full-time mum is an area, I have helped many women with, and I still often get asked where I start and what I can do.

The aim of this blog post is help you get some essential tips on what you can consider but also look at flexible working options especially if you are a new mum or still want to spend time with your children around your work.

Have a Skills Based CV

Base your CV on the skills you already have. Focus on the key skills you have and not necessarily your current experience. Especially if you have been on maternity or had a career gap. Many of the women I talk to worry about their career gaps. When you send out your CV make sure it highlights your skills so you have so you can make yourself marketable especially if you are struggling to be called for interviews and get the right jobs. To find out more about CVs and different formats please see post I wrote here

Flexible hours

Ask your employer about flexible hours. When you go for an interview ask if there are flexible working hours so that you can fit your job around being a mum or have an option to work from home on certain days. It’s better to know what your work options are as mum before you are offered a job. This way you can have a realistic outcome to your job-hunting journey. Look at businesses that have flexible work opportunities and help working mums. Talented Ladies club have a lot of really great information that can help you further with visit their site here.

Use your network

Look at the network you already have and ask around to see if they have flexible work opportunities you can apply for. If you don’t ask you don’t get. Ask family friends and people, you have previously worked with or are in your industry. If you need to broaden your network join Facebook groups, LinkedIn etc.  Please listen to an episode I did around why you should update your LinkedIn profile which could help you further with this here

It may seem difficult at first but if you this can be something that can really help. I have landed roles through contacts previously as have my clients. Also consider looking at in person networking opportunities like going to job fairs like the MumsNet event work fest even or joining groups on Meetup which will connect you with the right opportunities.

Childcare arrangements

Do you have arrangements in place to help around your working hours? This is an important point to consider because if you need to find a childminder you need to make sure you do this. If you have family near by who can look after or pick up your children from nursery or school this will make you available to jobs where you may need to work longer hours, or can’t necessarily do the school run yourself. I had a client I worked with once who had an amazing work opportunity but her office and child’s school were a too far away and she didn’t have any childcare in place. So, it’s important to consider this. As you need to be realistic about your working life and personal life and merge this in a way that suits your lifestyle.

Working for yourself

Take the time to think about going freelance or starting a business and don’t dismiss it. Especially if you are looking for flexible hours. If you feel you can’t quite return to a full-time job just yet working freelance or starting a business may be an excellent option for you. Platforms like digital mums help train mums up to have a career as a VA or work in social media and the digital world. If you already have a skill like accountancy etc maybe consider working as a freelancer or consider doing short contract roles. If you feel time is a bug bear think about hiring people to help you balance your home life cleaner, VA etc. I also give further tips around helping mums in the podcast episode “tips around restarting your career” to listen please go here

It’s also important to understand your maternity rights as a working mum see this blog post from bright HR that may give you some further insight into this https://www.brighthr.com/articles/leave-and-absence/maternity-leave/

If you want to return to work after becoming a mum you can and it’s about deciding what works for you and how you want to work. It may take a period of adjustment but I hope you take on board some of the tips shared in this post.

If you would like further support and accountability, please book a call with me here to discuss working together.

 

 

Career Mentoring and how it can help you?

What is career mentoring?

Career mentoring is something that helps you be in a position you want be in. As a career mentor I will help you map out what you want, how you can get it and plan it in a way that suits your individual needs. If you haven’t experienced mentoring before it’s a form of guidance to help you move forward.

A mentor is a guide for their mentee and has experienced some of the challenges that they may already be facing themselves. They teach them strategies and techniques to help them overcome any issues they may be having.

I help the women I work with in a very bespoke way. There are elements of careers advice, guidance, coaching and mentoring all rolled into one.

It’s a safe collaborative relationship designed to help you move where you want to be in your career. Not where others think you should be or stick to a standard of something because it’s what is expected from you. For example, if you are working in an industry and have been taught to hold on to this status in society e.g. a lawyer or doctor. However, you want to start a business or change your career but worry what other people will say. I will work with you to overcome this and create a plan that is bespoke to you so you, so your career dream happens.

How it can it help you?

This depends on your current situation and where you are at. Most of the women who come to me are extremely bright and ambitious but feel scared, alone and often overwhelmed by life. They feel like only one route is the option for them. So, by taking up career mentoring you are opening your world to an array of possibilities. These possibilities can help you explore what your really want and who you want to be.

Some of the ways I can help is by mapping out training for a new career or profession. We can also look at any business ideas you may have and see what flexible working means to you. Or if you are seeking more in your career and have been playing it safe helping you work for organisations that you may have overlooked. Allowing you to explore what your values and beliefs are doing work you care about and can fall in love with.

My background in careers and psychology

In terms of how I can help you I have a background in Psychology and a Post graduate in careers guidance. I always knew I wanted to help people because my mum was a teacher and my dad was a family lawyer. It’s a value that has been instilled in me since I was young child. I have always been curious about people and their behaviour and find with all the different clients who have come to me even when I worked in schools. I never get bored of hearing their unique stories and career aspirations.

When you work with me I do give you careers advice where necessary, but I also help you look deeper then that. I have had my own struggles in my life and when I worked for Mind at 23 it completely changed how I wanted to work with people.

Due to my passion around mental health and my own personal struggles with depression, anxiety, workplace bullying and going though redundancy. I know working life can sometimes feel like a roller coaster. I am here to help you iron out those kinks and provide you with the solid support you need.

When I work with clients I incorporate psychology and mindset practices that have helped me too. I also spend time on my own self development and have worked with some successful business mentors.

The results I have created already.

I have helped several of my clients feel more confident about their careers and start acting on what they want.

  • This includes the mums I have helped restart their career.

  •  Women who were undervaluing their worth and going for jobs that fit their actual work experience and qualifications.

  • Helping women change industries and have the assertiveness to ask for a pay raise or promotion.

  • Empowering women to think about starting a business or go freelance.

How can I help you move forward in your career?

I am currently helping women shape their career journey by supporting them through the 12-week mentoring program I offer.

If you want to find out more about this and how to book a call, please go to the following link. http://www.thecareerhappinessmentor.com/career-happiness-mentoring/