After the birth of our second child, I chose to become a stay-at-home mom. Because I left the workforce during some of my prime earning years, I reflect on my decision.
When I decided to return to full-time paid employment, I faced surprising difficulty finding a conventional corporate job despite the skills I had maintained and sharpened while on earning hiatus. Hiring managers, HR personnel, and other decision makers seemed unable to see the valuable skills of an experienced, well-educated woman who had remained an active and contributing member of society. I simply had not been paid for my most recent contributions.
During those full-time motherhood years, I did what many moms do:
- Educated my family. This strategic mission included hiring, negotiating, and paying schools, coaches, trainers, transportation, and finance providers, the way the purchasing department optimizes suppliers.
- Started and ran after-school programs. These startups included a math team that honed the skills of the mathematical elite. The team also inspired confidence and enjoyment for the field among those for whom the subject seemed insurmountable — creating a unified team spirit.
- Coordinated large groups of volunteers to raise funds for schools, health initiatives, and education programs, harnessing disparate energy into tangible results.
- Balanced academic and extracurricular logistics of two students at different schools and one entrepreneurial spouse who traveled extensively, towards the goals of family dinners, vacations, and shared conversations, the way a band manager synchronizes a long term, multi-stop tour.
- Managed contractors, architects, city planning departments, and a budget to rebuild our home, assuming the role of general contractor, the way a product manager creates a brand’s image, distribution, and packaging.
- And most importantly, I gave the world two kind, contributing members of society, who I believe will make the world a better place — my personal Initial Public Offering.
I created Connect•Work•Thrive to empower professionals to make positive career transformations, including returning to the workforce a career break.
To learn more about what we accomplish, read:
- 7 Ways to Successfully Change Careers or Return to Work After a Career Break and
- Your Key to Success is ACTION!
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