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Get Ready for a September Career Shift: Tips for Returning to Work After a Career Break

As a parent of a teen currently studying for A levels, I understand the stress and excitement that comes with this transitional period in their lives. With the added uncertainty caused by the Covid-related cancellation of GCSE exams for this cohort, it can feel like a daunting time for both parents and their children. However, this period also offers enticing opportunities, such as extended summer breaks and the possibility of attending university or taking a gap year to gain new experiences.

For many parents, September is a time of change as their child moves from one educational stage to another, whether it's starting nursery, primary school, college or university. This can be an emotional time as it marks a new chapter in your child's life. It is also an opportunity for you to explore a new career direction, and now is the time to start preparing for it!

Here are some things to consider as you prepare for this new chapter in your life:

Firstly, take some time to reflect on your career break:

  • What aspects of taking time away from work did you enjoy?

  • What did you miss about your career?

  • What skills did you develop during your break, and how can you apply them in a professional setting?

These reflections will help you identify what you want from your future career and how your skills and experiences can contribute to your success.

Secondly, think about what you want from your career going forward:

  • Do you want to return to the same field you left, or do you want to explore a new direction?

  • What are your values, and how can they guide your career choices?

  • What are your job satisfiers, and what are your non-negotiables?

These considerations can help you identify the career path that is right for you.

Thirdly, consider the practicalities of returning to work:

  • What logistical challenges will you need to overcome?

  • Are there any barriers to returning to work, such as a skills gap or qualifications

  • How can you address these challenges and make a successful transition back to work?

Returning to work after a career break can be challenging, but it's also an excellent opportunity to pursue your passions and find a fulfilling career.

As someone who helps women who have taken a career break, I can assist you in identifying what you want from your career and creating a plan to achieve your goals. If you'd like to find out more please contact me for a free, no obligation discovery call.


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