What’s next? Planning Your Career Reentry After the Kids Are Off to College
Lots of things go way too fast. A cool glass of Chardonnay after a hard day, any vacation on any beach, and your kid’s childhood.
Before you can begin to imagine it, they’re graduating from diapers and then from high school. (There are a few years in between, but you get what I’m saying.)
Before you know it you’ve gone from mom to mom-of-a-budding-grownup and it’s time to reimagine your life as a civilian again. My daughter is now in high school, I can see the finish line ahead. College is looming. And I’m nervous. That big existential question, “what the hell am I going to do with the rest of my life”, now wakes me in the middle of the night.
It’s time for me to restart my career.
I’ve continued to work, somewhat. I’ve taken a string of part time and freelance gigs that allowed me to pick my daughter up from school, make it to volleyball games, school events and PTA meetings. But the time has now come for me to figure out what’s next.
Are you a mom planning your career reentry? Well then, you’re not alone. A 2010 study showed that over 90% of women who left the work force to parent full time, planned on one day returning to their careers.
But I’m not kidding myself, I know this reinvention won’t be easy.
Do I try to return to my former field? Or do I make a fresh start in a whole new industry? (And frankly which one is easier and gets me a higher salary!)
All these questions are enough to make me have a full fledged panic attack.
Which is why I’m so thankful for MomFair.
I’m not going to panic, I’m going to prepare. MomFair delivers the resources and support I need to figure out my game plan. And they offer it at events – where I can network with like minded moms. Its a full day of speakers, sessions and super smart, supportive women helping you make that transition, and answer the questions you have about reentering the workforce.
- How do you create a Linkedin profile?
- Do people even have resumes anymore?
- What new skills do you need?
I’m going to take notes and connect with other soon-to-be-empty-nesters who are probably as nervous as I am at figuring out what their new work scenario looks like.
If you’re an Empty Nester trying to navigate your own career reentry, join lots of other moms at MomFair LIVE! Atlanta on November 13, 2016. Whether you want to dust off your resume and renew your corporate career, work from home, launch your own business or make your head of household job a little easier, MomFair is the place to get started. Register today.