YOUR QUES­TIONS AN­SWERED

I’VE BEEN A STAYAT-HOME MUM FOR 20 YEARS AND SCOUT LEADER FOR 19 YEARS. I CAN’T AF­FORD TO DO A COURSE. HOW DO I GET WORK?

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LISA MOR­RIS DI­REC­TOR, HAYS

Iden­tify the skills you gained through your ex­pe­ri­ence as a scout leader that could trans­fer into the work­place, such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion, team­work and lead­ing and de­vel­op­ing a group of young peo­ple. Then pep­per your CV and ap­pli­ca­tions with ex­am­ples from your time as a scout vol­un­teer. Build your skills by util­is­ing free re­sources, such as on­line tu­to­ri­als on soft­ware pack­ages. Fol­low in­dus­try lead­ers on LinkedIn, TED Talks, YouTube feeds, Twit­ter and other so­cial me­dia.

JUSTIN HINORA EX­EC­U­TIVE CON­SUL­TANT, HENDER CON­SULT­ING

Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate your trans­ferrable skills or the value of your net­work de­vel­oped over the last 20 years. High­light your skills in time and project man­age­ment, jug­gling com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties, stake­holder man­age­ment, lead­er­ship, bud­get man­age­ment, etc. You may not be able to tran­si­tion in to your dream role im­me­di­ately, so con­sider a role that might be a step­ping stone to­wards your pre­ferred role, if you are find­ing it dif­fi­cult.

DR NER­IDA HILLBERG DI­REC­TOR OF PSY­CHOL­OGY, FERRIS MAN­AGE­MENT CON­SUL­TANTS

Con­vey the many skills you have de­vel­oped as a scout leader. Con­sider how you’ve men­tored, coached and de­vel­oped your scout teams. Use your in­for­mal net­works to search for roles as many are never ad­ver­tised. The more of your con­tact pool you reach out to the bet­ter. If you are ap­ply­ing for an ad­ver­tised role, let em­ploy­ers know you are open to fur­ther study, train­ing and up­skilling.

ALEXAN­DRA ROSSER HEAD OF OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONAL PSY­CHOL­OGY CON­SULT­ING, STILLWELL MAN­AGE­MENT CON­SUL­TANTS

Iden­tify the type of job you would like to have and the skills, knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired to do it. Con­sider whether you have de­vel­oped any trans­fer­able skills. Look at spe­cific or­gan­i­sa­tions and on­line sites that help women re­turn to work af­ter ex­tended leave. Talk to fam­ily, friends, busi­ness con­tacts and ac­quain­tances to see if any­one has any op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able.

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