Whether you’re driven back to the workforce for financial reasons, or to enjoy an uninterrupted cup of coffee and bathroom break for the first time in years, returning to work after having a baby can feel overwhelming.
It’s very natural for mums to feel as though their brains turned to mush during those long months serving puréed food and talking nappies, but you should be comforted to know that motherhood actually demands skills that are highly desirable in the workforce.
An essential trait employers look for is motivation. As all mums know, the family’s well-being is a hugely motivating force, and the desire to succeed in the workforce is heightened by this. Mums are also role models for the little people in their life and feel the need to do as well as they can. Many mums will also undertake study to return to the workforce, and prospective employers notice this as a genuine desire to work and a commitment to your chosen career.
Time management and multi-tasking skills are integral parenting skills. Even if they don’t come naturally to us, we hone these skills with every month of child wrangling. These are desirable traits all employers look for, but are especially important in the fields of administration and bookkeeping; popular fields of employment with mums returning to the workforce.
Child care & teaching – a perfect fit
Child care and teaching also offer an attractive field of employment for mums returning to the workforce. Not only do they offer flexible working hours, which can fit around your own child care needs, but they offer the chance to work in an area which mums have come to know well and are passionate about. Mums looking to work in child care are perfectly positioned to understand the needs of small children, and importantly have empathetic skills and can relate to parents of children in their care. Just note, employers in this sector will also be looking for recent training such as Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113).
Finely tuned research & decision making skills
Among other traits, mums are excellent negotiators (anyone with a toddler can vouch for this!) and possess the ability to remain calm under pressure. Just think of those research and decision making skills you’ve been working on. Everything from ‘Should I vaccinate my child?’ to ‘Where can I get the cheapest Baby Jogger City Elite pram?’ You’re now a decisive researcher who knows how to get the job done.
If you’re looking at getting back to the workforce and feel as though all you’re good for is discussing the best brand of sippy cup or the right age to start toilet training, equip yourself with some up-to-date training, and load up your resume with these employer-friendly skills that you already possess. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how employable you really are.
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