It is not uncommon for women to return to work after having babies today. With the cost of living steadily increasing across Australia, some women are in a position where they have no choice but to return to work. And then there are other cases where women choose to return to work, either to pursue new business opportunities or resume their demanding, high profile and enjoyable careers. Sometimes, women returning to the workforce post having children face a number of challenges – for instance:
- Finding a suitable carer for their children
- Justifying the fact that they still possess the skills they displayed prior to having children, despite the substantial gap in employment
- Working long hours whilst also caring for children and running a household
For many women, as well as their partners and children, it can mean stressful, hectic and challenging times during the week. Work / life balance may seem non-existent, housework may seem like it is out of control and children may feel like they are missing out on quality time with their mum. Now here is the good news….. it doesn’t have to be like this! Here are some helpful tips:
- Apply for roles that are either part time, home based or very flexible with working hours. Due to a shortage of talent in a variety of industries, many employers are interested in hiring return to work mums on a very flexible basis. There are also careers that cater for flexibility including nursing, sales, marketing, freelancing, etc.
- Do not rely on online job portals and job advertisements in the newspaper to find your ideal role – have your resume and LinkedIn profile looking impeccable and network! Approach people on LinkedIn and ask them about opportunities and have your resume ready to forward to people. Show that you are committed and keen!
- Explore a variety of childcare options. If you are not keen on daycare options, perhaps a nanny or family daycare arrangement suits you better. Most Nanny’s in Australia charge between $25 and $40 per hour, and help with chores around the house too (meal preparation, washing, etc.)
With employers recognising that there is an increasing demand for ‘work / life balance’ in Australia, job seekers can feel comfortable and confident in requesting flexible employment arrangements. Be sure to keep this in mind when looking for your ideal position.