Sup­port for mums mak­ing a ca­reer come­back

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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.

EM­POW­ER­ING MUMS

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.”

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