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How to Restart Your Career After Having a Baby

If you’ve decided that the time is right to have a baby, you probably know that lots of significant changes are underway. It’s not going to be only about your body and mind – having a child will also impact your career and other aspects of your lifestyle.

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5 Tips to Help You Plan Your Career Goals After Having a Baby

It’s not easy to manage professional life with a baby in tow, but good news is that you can reach a balance. Sure, you’ll go through the usual ups and downs, but life isn’t perfect regardless of whether you’re taking care of a baby or not. Here are 5 tips to help you plan and successfully restart your career after having a baby.

  1. Communicate with your partner
  2. Unless you’re having a baby on your own – which is a perfectly acceptable scenario! – you might want to talk things over with your partner before the actual birth. Balancing career and family lives is only possible if partners cooperate to make their lives easier for each other.

    That’s why it’s key that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to how the baby will affect both your lifestyles. You might discover that you have different views on childcare. Discussing these topics before the birth helps to reach an early compromise and ensure a smooth transformation from mom to working mom.

  3. Consider different childcare options
  4. If you’d like to return to work part- or full-time, you’ll need to consider the matter of childcare. Fortunately, there are many different options to choose from – it can be a nanny, a babysitter or day care. Perhaps you’ve got a close relative ready to help you with some of these responsibilities, or another mom to take turns taking care of each other’s children?

    You need to find a solution which is both comfortable and affordable. Conduct research on platforms like Gumtree to find out the exact pricing of babysitting services. You should also know what type of references to ask for and which qualifications to look for – professionals who advertise their service here are a great source of valuable information.

  5. Evaluate your career
  6. Now that you’ve taken care of these basic needs, it’s time to take a good look at your career prospects. You’re not just looking for any job – you’re hunting for a position that creates an ideal working environment. It’s challenging and personally fulfilling – it just makes you feel like you’re in the right place.

    Mind you, having a child gives you a unique opportunity to rebrand yourself and start a new career. Raising a baby gives you new competences and helps to identify new passions – needless to say, becoming a parent, you grow as an individual. That’s why moms often look into non-traditional careers – and with success!

  7. Create a great resume
  8. Once you’ve got a clear idea about what you’re after, you need to broadcast that mission statement through a great resume. Build a personal brand and target companies to fully clarify your interests and define what you bring to the table. A career assessment helps to articulate your understanding of the industry and highlight your key accomplishments relevant to businesses you’ve worked for before.

  9. Practice the art of interviewing
  10. Training is part of the process, so embrace it and rehearse for a job interview. You need to make sure that the interviewer sees you as the right person for the position and that you know how to tell whether an opportunity is a right fit for you. Practice interviewing, do a thorough background check of a company which invited you for a job interview and prepare answer to common questions, always directly referring to your experience and accomplishments.

Follow these tips and you’re bound to discover that restarting your career after having a baby is not only possible, but way easier than you expected.

Hannah Dickins

Hannah is mum of two boys, living in a multi-generational household where family support and love abound. She is also part of the team behind DirectorStats.co.uk. She combines her interest in writing and startup industry with her role as a dedicated Community Manager.

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  • I was already in a career when I had my kids, but it was still hard to leave them after maternity leave. I did change careers and went back to school when my youngest was around 3 I took online classes so I could earn my degree and still be home with him and my other boys and was ready to go to work when he started school.

  • Luckily, I am able to work from home. I bet it would be really hard to get back to work after having a baby though.

    • I am so glad to have a chance to read your wonderful article. I am looking forward to read more of your works and posts.Thanks for sharing such a nice article. i love your writing. your idea is mind blowing that’s why i would like to appreciate your work.I found this is an informative and interesting post it is very useful and knowledgeable. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article .

  • I know that my best friend has been inching closer to returning to work after having three little ones. I know that daycare is something that she is probably most worried about.

  • Very good advice for moms that want to go back to work. it is never an easy transition but having a plan helps.

  • For most moms, going back to their careers is exciting yet also challenging. We still want to be ourselves despite having a baby and I think it’s good to go back to your chosen career. These are very good tips if you don’t know where to start!



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