5 Quick Tips to Prepare for Transitioning Back to Work
- Practice Makes Perfect: Interviewing is a skill in itself. As they say “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” A good way to start building confidence is to practice by writing out mock questions and asking friends to ask you the questions back. Check out all the sessions we have at Uma Academy for guidance on courses to take or email us – we love hearing from you!
- Plan Ahead: Perfect your routine both at home and in the office. If you have children, stock up in advance on any supplies you may need. Make sure you have reliable childcare arranged well in advance of your first day back. Have reliable friends, family or neighbors do practice pickups in case your child needs to come home from school or daycare.
- Time to go shopping: Chances are the work clothes you wore pre-pregnancy may not fit the same as before. And, depending on how long you’ve been off, fashion may have changed. Don’t despair; embrace the incredible journey you have made and your strength for returning to the workplace after going through the process of motherhood. It’s not easy! Come to one of our networking events and meet stylists to help you with your wardrobe.
- Ask for support: Don’t be afraid to ask for support. Talk to your spouse, partner, friends, family, or anyone else who is willing to help to support you. You’d be surprised how much better you will feel by sharing your feelings with loved ones or friends. This is a huge transition and you deserve to feel supported after all your hard work at home!
- Work at your own pace: Transitioning to a 40+ hour work week can be daunting when you want to bond with your newborn or if you’ve been away from the workplace a while. That’s why Umaships were created to give you a taste of work while maintaining your own lifestyle.
Most importantly, don’t forget that you did one of the hardest things a human can do. So give yourself enough rest and be kind to yourself!
Here are some informative resources for you:
- Anne-Marie Slaughter, who wrote Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, speaks candidly about her experiences as a working mom in this video interview with The Atlantic’s Hanna Rosen.
- This important read from Suzanne Venker is a real eye-opener: 7 Myths of Working Mothers: Why Children and Most Careers Just Don’t Mix
- Tiffany Dufu shares her own experiences about balancing motherhood with a career in her Drop the Ball book and blog.
- Jennifer Senior’s All Joy and No Fun is another illuminating read. Her Ted Talk is worth a listen, too.
- In Midlife Crisis at 30, Kerry Rubin and Lia Macko offer hope and pragmatic strategies to today’s young women, many who are struggling with the unrealistic expectations society and the media have placed upon them.
- Uma Founder’s Blog: Staying at Home versus Returning to Work: There’s no right or wrong