By, Diane Lang
Why do you want to go back to work? It seems like a simple question but there are a lot of things to consider. Is it out of financial necessity? Divorce? Empty nest? Do you want a career or a job?
Take a closer look at your motivation by answering the following questions. Just make sure to be honest with yourself. It’s natural to have a mix of feelings and emotions as you are making the decision. Answering these questions will help you sort through your thoughts to make the right decision. A decision that is good for you and your family.
- Is going back to work at this moment right for you? Why?
There are a few things you need to consider. What type of job do you want? Are you looking for a career or a job? There is a big difference between the two. A job can be a means to an end. A career is something you feel passionate about, something that creates a sense of purpose and happiness in your life.
2. Will having a second job (the first being a mom) make you the best mom you can be?
Being a mom is a full time job. Just because you don’t get a paycheck or benefits doesn’t mean it’s not real work. Being a mom is the most important job in the world. It’s a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week with no sick days or vacation pay. It’s a lot of responsibility. Are you ready for more?
3. Is it financially feasible?
This is a question that requires a lot of thought. You will have to consider your
travel time, commuting costs, wardrobe, daycare (if needed), lunch and other
added expenses. Is it financially worth it?
4. Why do you want to go back to work?
Knowing why you want to go back to work will help validate your decision. Working gives moms a sense of independence. For others, it’s confidence. It could be financial. Some moms need a balance of personal and professional accomplishments.
For me, going back to work was important. I knew going back to work would make me a better person and a better parent. Everyone is different. There are many options for the mom who chooses to reenter the workforce. We will go over them in future articles.
Diane Lang is the author of Baby Steps the path from Motherhood to Career. For more information or to order a copy of Diane Lang’s book please call: Kendall Hunt Publishing 1-800-228-0810 or order the book at: Amazon.com