If you have had a career break to bring up children you may want to go back to work, or perhaps it is a case of “needs must” as you need to increase the family income or your partner has been made redundant.
I worked with a return to work mum yesterday who couldn’t see any thing relevant about her time at home with their children. As we talked about what she did she could see that there were lots of transferable skills. For example:
  • Managing schedules and logistics for a group of 5 (if you have 3 children)
  • Balancing priorities and keeping within a budget
  • Negotiate with suppliers
  • Pay invoices and reconcile accounts
  • Arrange for repairs – home and vehicles
  • Mediate disputes and reach conflict resolution
  • Manage, motivate and coach family members – including setting goals and requirements and monitoring improvement 
You need to think more laterally as there are plenty of transferable skills – you were not a “stay at home mum” but was a home manager.
Published On: January 19th, 2009 / Categories: Career Coaching /

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