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Maternity leave doesn’t always end at 42 weeks for some mothers. Rather than sending children to a crèche and battling with work life balance and commutes, some mothers choose not to work until the youngest of their children has started school.

If you’re thinking of returning to work following a long break from formal employment, you will need to take time to re-assess your skills.

Transferable skills from motherhood

In assessing your skills and abilities it’s important that you keep in mind any transferable skills you have developed in the full-time job of being a stay-at-home mother.

These may include such attributes such as organisation and multi-tasking. Consider the following:

  • Has your role as a mother included event planning?
  • Would you describe it as a supervisory role?
  • Did you have to deal with demanding situations?
  • How did you cope under stress?
  • Are any of the above newfound or well-honed skills you can bring with you to your next job?

If so, add them to your list of skills you acquired in your career before you started a family. Make sure to list them in your updated CV, mention them in job application forms and at interview.

Brush up on your skills

If you feel your computer skills are a little rusty or outdated it’s a good idea to do a refresher course to give you more confidence at interview or on returning to the workplace.

There are many part-time, full-time and short courses available both in local colleges, libraries, VECs, private training institutions and via e-learning. Participating on a relevant course will help get you back to the skills level you were at previously or familiar with modern operating systems if it’s quite a few years since you left the workplace.

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