Tips for Relaunching After a Career Break
Most women will take a break sometime during their careers. Those same women want to know if they can re-enter the workforce or relaunch their careers after a break. The answer is yes, but the road may not necessarily be easy. Here are some tips to help make the transition from work to break to back to work a little bit easier.
1. When You’re On, Be On. When You’re Off, Take the Time Off.
The classic Sheryl Sandberg advice is don’t take the time off before you’re off. And that’s good advice. If you’re working with one foot out the door, who will want to hire you in the future?
Similarly when you’re on your break, be on your break. A career break can be necessary for your mental health while simultaneously being psychologically and emotionally taxing. Both can be true at the same time. A drastic change in your life takes adjusting to.
Look, this is a unique opportunity. Don’t waste it. You don’t want to go back into the workforce and continue dreaming about the time off.
When I left my job for a career break, it took months before I felt easy taking time for myself. It felt completely easy to give that time to an employer. It’ll be good when you’re working again to remember the value you attributed to your own time.
2. Never Stop Thinking About Your Dream Job
I heard recently that two of my high school classmates were up for a really plum job. Now this job is something I would never want to do, but it still made me jealous. It was definitely the kind of career that you only pursue if you’re interested in it.
Are there certain industries where you daydream of? What are the jobs that when you hear of someone working there, you’re jealous? Work hard to position yourself before, during, and after a career break.
3. During Your Break, Don’t Take the First Job You See.
During your break, it can be easy to jumó at the first job that takes you back. It’s a bit like leaving a relationship. You might see the bad things with your significant other and dump him/her. Then you have to be careful of jumping into the next relationship you see just when you start to get lonely.
Take the time in between relationships and take the time in between jobs. You can’t prepare yourself for a fulfilling future without figuring out where you’ve been and where you wan to go.
4. Forgive Yourself If You Don’t Achieve Every Goal During Leave
There’s something in the back of your mind that if you only had enough time, you would write the great American novel. And maybe if you take some time off, you don’t write much.
Now be careful not to forgive yourself so much that you don’t even start. But don’t put too much pressure on it either.
5. Look Up Resources for Relaunching After a Career Break
This not only gives you an idea of what obstacles you may encounter, but also provides case examples of people who have successfully relaunched their careers. Also you know that you’re not alone and have a sea of mentors.
iRelaunch – billed as “return to work experts”, iRelaunch is an organization that produces Return to Work Conferences and works with over 100 global companies on return to work initiatives, through which thousands of relaunchers have resumed careers after career breaks of one to over 20 years.
FlexProfessionals helps match part-time and flexible careers with professionals who need them.
7 Stages of Career Change – Joseph Liu hosts a podcast and runs a blog about relaunching a career after a pivot.
Conclusion – Tips for Relaunching After a Career Break
It’s scary doing something different but that doesn’t mean it can’t turn out great.