Returning from a break from work

Question: I have had a break from working for five years while my children were little. I would like to go back to work part-time now but feel that my skills are out-of-date. Do you have any suggestions?

Judith’s answer:

Many people lose some confidence after taking a break from work and it makes it difficult to present a positive image – on paper and at interview. One way to tackle this is to start with a bit of voluntary work – if you can find the time – as just a couple of hours a week will get you back into things and remind you of all the skills you actually have.  As far as the application form goes, you have a lot to offer from your time at home (and many things won’t have changed at all in five years!).  You will probably have developed excellent organisation skills, be calm in a crisis, have good time management, project planning, self-motivation, discipline, communication skills, budgeting and stamina.  All of these are skills and qualities which employers seek – no matter what the nature of the job.  So, it’s time to look at what you can do, not what you can’t.  Please get in touch if you would like some help.

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