A couple of my mom friends took a Return to Work Mom class at a nearby university to plot a return to the workforce after 8+ years at home with the kids. A strategy and a support group are key because, as it turns out, it’s not easy to return to work for moms who stayed home even if they are looking to get back into the field that they left.
My mom friend Tracey was a computer software trainer with her own business that she successfully sold before kids. Her return back to work should have been easy … but no. The training landscape had changed immensely with eLearning, distance learning, webinars and the like. It took her a good two years of networking as a full-time job to land her dream job. Her message to moms who want to return to work is not to give up. Perseverance and relentless networking are what make the difference.
Returning to work is also a great time to consider a career transition. My mom friend Lynn was a recruiter and a well-respected manager but now, as a mom who stayed home for twelve years, wants a job that will allow for work-life balance. She also wanted to explore interests that had been percolating during the years at home with kids: something creative yet physically active, and something that made her feel like she was doing good in the world.
Her transition back to work is a work in progress. She started her own business as a gift concierge (The Gift Huntress); she handles the back office for our town’s busiest real estate agent, and she helped out kids at a special needs summer camp. Along the way, she picked up her real estate license and took a course to become a personal trainer.
Returning to college to finish up a degree, study something specific, or earn an advanced degree is another route for Return to Work Moms. ELearning has made this an easier possibility for busy moms balancing family while pursuing a new career. What does eLearning look like these days? I researched Adelphi University to check this phenomenon out.
You can study entirely online.
They have three Master’s Programs in Nutrition, Emergency Management and Healthcare Informatics. Nutrition is one of the fastest growing fields in the country and lends itself to work-life balance for moms who might want to set up their own practice. Emergency Management prepares students for leadership roles in organizations and services that deal with emergencies. The field of healthcare informatics is designed for established healthcare professionals as well as non-health professionals, such as those in IT and business fields, who are looking to change careers.
You can study online or take blended courses
If a Master’s degree is not part of your return to work plan, Adelphi also has individual courses that are available online or in person across all their different schools.
What looks interesting to me?
- Accounting For Managerial Analysis ( I need a refresher course in accounting)
- Survey Of Acquired Neurogenic Speech Disorders (My mom friend Lynn might be interested Special Needs Education courses)
- Introduction To Computers And Their Applications (My mom friend Susan wanted to take a class to learn how to use a spreadsheet)
- Digital Literacies (How do multimedia, texting, chat, status updates, and hypertext change the way we read and interpret texts? Sounds like something all parents need to be aware of!)
Top 10 Tips for Return to Work Moms
I’ve consulted my friend Tracey for her Top 10 Tips for returning back to work.
I’ve partnered with Adelphi University for this compensated post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Adelphi University. The opinions and text are all mine.