Post # 1
I want to hear from anyone who quit their job to have kids and then rejoined the work force several years later. Did you have a hard time getting hired after such a long hiatus? Did you go back into the field you worked previously, or did you try for something completely different? Did you start the search from scratch, or did you use professional or personal connections?
I haven’t yet decided if I’ll quit working to be a Stay-At-Home Mom for the first few years, but I’ve always assumed it would be really hard to get back onto a career track after taking so much time off. Am I right to think this? I’m sure it varies from field to field. Most of my experience has been in the nonprofit sector, but I’ve only been out of grad school for 6 months so it’s not like I have a ton of experiene under my belt anyway. I just turned 30…we’ll probably start trying for kids in a year or so.
Post # 3
I am a Sahm and have had several of my sahm friends (10 or 12) rejoin the workforce, in the last 2 years) after their children started school. Not a single one has had problems finding jobs in their career areas. I think this is something people worry about far too much.
Post # 4
@MrsFuzzyFace: Thank you for this!! 🙂
Post # 5
I did it and had no problems at all going back to work. Got offered the first 3 jobs I applied for and had to choose the best of the lot! My hiatus was 8 years, including back to school FT.
Post # 6
I’m a recruiter…this definitely depends on what industry you’re in. If it’s a job that requires you to constantly be learning new skills and upgrading software (technology, design, etc), then it’s hard to get back into it if you haven’t kept your skills fresh.
If that’s the case, maybe consider taking on some remote freelance work in the interim so you can stay relevant.
I can’t speak to the non-profit sector directly.
Post # 7
I have a friend that’s a Stay-At-Home Mom but she has done some consulting work the entire time (11 years so far). She used to work as a permit writer in air compliance for the county. Now she consults on the other end for a client that submits emissions information to the county. She only has one client but it keep her current on things.
We also have a few women here where I work that dropped to PT when they started having kids. They work anywhere from 12-32 hours (some from home) per week and still qualify for fringe in proportion to their hours worked. Some choose to eventually come back FT while others continue to work PT.
The other poster is correct though…it all depends on your industry.
Post # 8
My SIL is a pediatric intensive care nurse and the only way she could be a Stay-At-Home Mom was to actually work about 4 shifts a month, not only for the licensing requirements, but to keep her resume looking fresh and to keep her networking up-to-date. If she’d not worked her state’s minimum hours, she would have had to go through the licensing process again when she was ready to go back to work.
Post # 9
My mom was out of the workforce for about 20 years. First being a stay at home mom then caring full time for elderly relatives. When she decided to go back to work, she found a job right away! I did help her with her resume & cover letter, but she got interviews right away and was hired very quickly.
Post # 10
I am interested in this too! I am currently preg and really want to try being a Stay-At-Home Mom. My husband is very concerned that if I let go of my current job I will have difficulty re-entering the workforce. I’m not particularly driven career-wise and don’t really aspire to a high-flying career so I’m quite happy to take a more routine job, but the one I have a the moment I’m pretty lucky to have found as it’s pretty well paid.