From par­ent to worker - man­ag­ing the change

The Southland Times - - Classifieds -

Re­turn­ing to work af­ter par­ent­ing can feel like start­ing all over again, or mov­ing to an un­fa­mil­iar coun­try. You might feel un­cer­tain and stressed about it, but a lit­tle prepa­ra­tion can make all the dif­fer­ence. Fig­ure out what you want to do

The first thing you need to do is de­cide what you’d like to do. For ex­am­ple:

● Do you have a pre­vi­ous ca­reer you want to re­turn to?

● Are you start­ing paid work for the first time?

● Is it time to do some­thing new (make a ca­reer change)?

● Do you need to re­train? Once you have your goal in mind, work on a plan for achiev­ing it. This should in­clude de­cid­ing:

● what type of work you’d like to do ● when you’re avail­able to start work (or study)

● what hours you’re avail­able for work.

If you still have a busy home life, look out for em­ploy­ers who pro­vide flex­i­ble op­tions and are sym­pa­thetic to par­ents re­turn­ing to work

● how you want to work.

For ex­am­ple, you might work from home (re­motely), part time, do more than one job (a port­fo­lio ca­reer), or study part time while work­ing. Re­fresh your CV

You also need to make sure your CV is up to date. As a par­ent re­turn­ing to work, you may be wor­ried about gaps in your em­ploy­ment, but it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that you:

● can men­tion un­paid work, in­volve­ment in com­mu­nity groups, and any other ac­tiv­i­ties you’ve been in­volved in. These can pro­vide you with good ref­er­ees too

● prob­a­bly have trans­fer­able skills from other ar­eas of your life. For ex­am­ple, per­sonal man­age­ment skills you’ve gained through par­ent­ing could in­clude time man­age­ment, main­tain­ing sched­ules, plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing, and re­spond­ing quickly in emer­gen­cies

● can for­mat your CV as skills­based, which puts the em­pha­sis on your skills rather than your work his­tory. Make the most of your con­tacts

Re­mem­ber that find­ing work is less work if you have help. Help and sup­port in­cludes fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance if it’s avail­able, your con­tacts and so­cial net­works, and po­ten­tial ref­er­ees. Make sure you ex­plore all av­enues in your job search. To find out more visit: https:/ /www.ca­reers.govt.nz/ar­ti­cles/ from-par­ent-to-worker-how-toman­age-the-change/

Get tips on how to tackle re­turn­ing to work af­ter parental leave.

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