Are you ready to return to the workforce? 4 Questions to ask yourself!

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Are you ready to return to the workforce? You’ve been home for a few years (or maybe more). The park playdates and endless Target runs are starting to take their toll and you’re wondering, is it time for me to go back to work? I get it! I’ve been there. I would sit on my couch during the kids’ naptime and endlessly scroll job postings on Indeed.

But it’s one thing to start to think about whether or not you’re ready and an entirely different thing to make the decision. How can you be sure? Can you be a great mom and have a job? The answer is emphatically yes! But the timing is a little different for each of us. Here are questions to ask as you start to process what’s really going on with you in terms of your readiness.

  1. Do you find yourself searching job postings online?
  2. Have you signed up for or thought about signing up for a course, workshop or class?
  3. Are you finding yourself frustrated with your kids and family and you don’t even know why?
  4. Are you on a new health plan or find yourself searching for ways to level up and make more out of your life?

These are just a few of the indicators I’ve heard from the moms I work with thinking about or going into tech. Tech flexibility is inherent in the industry so it can be a great way to transition back to work. There are many part-time, flex-time and remote opportunities so there is likely to be a tech job that works for you and your family. Not to mention it’ll pay well. I think it’s important as women and moms to hold ourselves to a high pay standard. I didn’t always do this. In fact, the first time I asked for more money in a negotiation, I thought I was going to throw up. But I still remember how great I felt when I knew my “yes” number and didn’t budge from that number and got it! I wasn’t greedy or pushy, I just knew my value and wouldn’t settle until I got the number that aligned with that amount.

So when you are thinking about going back to work, I think it makes sense to take some time to skill up. If you know much your skills are worth, you’ll be in a great position to calculate your value — your market value. Websites like glassdoor.com make this extremely easy. You can find out what an average salary is for your desired role, in your area and go into the up-skill process with your eyes wide open. Sometimes that number can be motivating to help us keep moving forward because if you know what’s waiting for you on the other side, you are far more likely to show up for yourself in the right way. Plus up-skilling makes you look like a more attractive candidate. You can talk about how you know you’re ready to return because you’ve taken time out to learn a new skill or refresh old ones and you are ready to put them to work! Finally, up-skilling helps you prepare your mind and emotions for work. It puts you in the work mindset so you can see what you are entering into and make “petal to the metal” or pivoting decisions as necessary.

Good luck in your decision. I know it’s a big decision. Just remember whenever you decide the time is right for you, you are a great mom, regardless of your job status!

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Looking to dig a little deeper on deciding if you’re ready to go back to work after a family break? Check out this freebie I created for you, Am I Ready? It’ll help you think through your decision and make the choice that is best for you!

You are Techy founder, technology learning coach, bringing women to tech, tech mamma.

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