How Mum Skills Become Career Skills
It can be daunting entering back into the workplace after taking time out to start a family. But let’s face it, as a mother you have already faced the unknown, uncertainty and no doubt pure terror (and that’s just during the pregnancy!)
Just like starting a family there is no perfect time to go back to work, but it shouldn’t be something to be afraid of. In fact, you might not realise this just yet, but while working at home, you’ve been acquiring skills day after day. Skills that you will have mastered by now, and that are perfect for your next working adventure.So it’s time to update your CV and get out there. Using job sites like uk.joprapido.com you can search for jobs in Manchester (or wherever you’re based) from the comfort/chaos of your living room. Here are 3 skills to add to your CV right away.
What better way to advocate for your problem solving skill than having been a mum? Children can cause every type of problem, starting from the moment they start toddling around all the way to the moody teens- meaning you have a lot of knowledge on lots of different types of problems, and how to solve them! Not only do you have a big problem-solving repertoire, but you have the speed and ready-set nature to handle unforeseen situations too. Not many applicants can say to have such a long experience in problem solving, so you’re already off to a good start!
Effective time management
Knowing how to effectively manage time, and taking advantage of every minute is a special skill that not many possess. If they say time is money, you as a mother know exactly how to make the most of it. The managing skills you learn from using the spare time you had while your baby was asleep, is precious. Not only are you a pro when it comes to dividing the allotted time between different activities you’ve been wanting to get to, but you also multitask much of the time too! In fact, using time wisely often means that you can also dedicate, and excel in doing 2-3 different things at a time. You know the value of time, so show it off!
What many employers look for is a unique sense of creativity. As a skill, creativity means being able to come up with new and smart ways to advertise and market products. What better training than that of a mum? Being creative is a 24/7 job that requires patience, determination, and out-of-the-box thinking- keeping babies and children entertained is not easy. Yes I know that being creative with your children is different from the creativity required in the workplace (I’m not sure sock puppets will swing it during an important business meeting), but you’d be surprised at the things they have in common. Making up stories and games are skills that may be applied to your future career, get ready to give it all you’ve got.
Remember you are the same person you were before you had your family. There isn’t a ‘one job fits all’ for working mothers, choose a career you are passionate about, and the work-life balance that works for you and your family. So grab your CV and go get em!
*Written in collaboration with Emily Jones