Support for mums making a career comeback
he demands of a full-time career and motherhood can be challenging. For most mums, especially those who took a long break to raise their kids, going back to work can seem like a huge undertaking. But there are opportunities in the UAE and ways to achieve that balance, say the people at Mums@Work.
Backed by recruitment firm Mackenzie Jones, Mums@Work helps revitalise careers of mothers by getting them job-ready and connecting them to the right companies with flexible options. They are launching the first of their workshop series featuring speakers from global brands on Wednesday.
Managing director of Mums@Work Louise Karim says: “With our monthly workshops and content packed website we are able to provide mums with all the tools they need to connect back with their chosen careers. We are here to guide, mentor and ensure that these women have the support, skills and confidence to get the jobs. We have gone to great lengths to make the transition from ‘mum’ to ‘career mum’ as seamless as possible for this highly skilled and productive target audience.”
The event is also a great networking opportunity for all.
The monthly event will include updating CVs, practising networking and they also have coaches and experts on board to talk about mindful parenting.
Louise says one common concern is confidence. She has met with highly-qualified candidates who are afraid they won’t be able to get their groove back.
“It’s about getting them up to speed with how the market is now and remembering that you did it before, you can do it now. Women also have a new set of skills since becoming a parent and they can use it to their advantage.”
GREAT ASSET AT WORK
Mona Ataya, CEO at Mumzworld, a mother-of-three and one of the speakers at the event, says the company likes hiring mums. She says: “We believe mothers are experts in juggling, prioritising and they are empathetic. We understand the challenges and have a passion for the business. To be very honest, my best performers are mums.” Helen Farmer, the founder of the award-winning parenting blog The Mothership, will be talking about the importance of normalising mums in the workplace.
Helen says: “Companies need to realise that working mothers have so much to offer, from life experience to incredible productivity. When I returned to work after maternity leave, my focus increased enormously. And if you want something done, ask a busy woman.”
TIPS FOR A COMEBACK
Helen says the first step is to make sure to have the best possible help: “The peace of mind that comes from confidence in a nursery or nanny is crucial to feeling ready to return to the workplace.”
Mona says mums shouldn’t underestimate the challenge and to be honest with how much they can really commit. “I think mothers shouldn’t worry that time is passing them by,” says Mona. “They should take it easy, wait till they are ready and their child is ready. And find a type of job that allows them
the flexibility they need.”