Mums, don’t get left behind because you chose to raise a family, do something to stay a head of the game.
Stay At Home Mum Returning To Work
For me, becoming a stay at home mum was a choice I was lucky enough to have. It did however mean that I had to give up a job that I loved and had worked hard to get.
After spending years sweating away in a kitchen as an apprentice chef, I got an amazing job as a sous chef. It was in a great establishment with incredible people. I had finally worked my way to where I wanted to be.
Giving up work
Giving up my dream job was a trade-off to be a SAHM. I loved my job but I also love being a stay-at-home mum. In fact I spent eight years doing just that. It wasn’t until my kids started to head off to school that something clicked and I wondered what I would do when they were all school bound. Yes I loved being a chef but the reality is the hours are not family friendly, particularly when my husband is a shift worker.
So where does that leave me? The trade I spent my youth completing is no longer relevant and I didn’t have a plan B. I’ll be honest, I never in a million years thought that I would be a work at home mum. Being able to have the option to stay at home with my kids and work towards bettering myself and my career is a dream come true.
I have always loved writing; that is just one of the reasons I started my blog years ago. I have since used my blog to create job opportunities that I always thought were out of my league. I won’t lie, I have been extremely lucky to have been given the opportunities that I have and to have such amazing people take a chance on me.
I am now well and truly on my way to a career that I love and enjoy doing. A career that allows me to work at home and connect with thousands of people every day. To put my writing skills towards something other than reminders and diary scheduling.
Creating opportunities through study
I always said that I wanted to study and learn something new while my kids were little but life happens and I didn’t see it through. Fast forward to the present and I am seriously looking into doing my Diploma Of Marketing And Communication so that I have the qualifications to match my skills and love of the job.
Any mum who wants to gain or update skills in a particular field but has either been out of the game for a while or is looking to try something new when the kids grow up, should seriously consider doing a course. Refresh your skills or educate yourself further so you can keep your brain active, continue learning and prepare yourself for life after your kids grow up. Upskilled or similar online education provider is a great place to start because they offer everything from online short courses to Certificate 4 and Diplomas. For me, being able to study online in my spare time instead of juggling work, kids and going to school makes getting a qualification seem more achievable.
You can do it
If you left your job or career to raise a family and are now unsure whether you want to continue in that field or try something new, now is the perfect time to explore your options.
- Have confidence in yourself
- Turn that passion into a career
- Set yourself up for the future
Going from a stay at home mum to returning to work after years is not an easy task. But knowing that you have kept skills and knowledge up to date over this time will certainly help with not just employment roles, but also your confidence!
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