Are you thinking about returning to work after a lengthy career break and feeling doubtful - unsure about which way to go, how to get there or whether it’s even possible? If so, welcome to our blog, it is written for you.
This blog was started in 2012 by Julianne Miles and Katerina Gould, Co-Founders of Women Returners, a network, coaching and consultancy organisation which specialises in supporting professional women to return to work after a long career break. Over the years it has morphed to include other members of the Women Returners team and a variety of experts as guest bloggers.
From our own experience and that of our clients we have found that some of the major stumbling blocks are not the practical aspects - it’s the doubts, worries, fears and lack of confidence that stop us even exploring if we can make it work:
Will anyone employ me after such a long time? I’m not sure I can still do what I did before … or if I could start again with something different. Are there any interesting jobs that can fit with the rest of my life? Are all working mothers completely stressed-out? Am I being selfish? Will my family suffer?
We’d like to guide you through the fog of uncertainty to give you advice, support and inspiration to see the range of possibilities open to you and to feel inspired to find a fulfilling path that works for you and your life. We look at some of the fears and myths surrounding returning to work and share the stories of women who have found or created rewarding work that fits with the rest of their lives.