Return to Work

Motherhood at Work: The Long Game

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The decision to work for mothers isn't fixed. A recent New York Times article showcases the fluctuation of working and stay at home moms versus the "Mommy Wars" polarization.

Research shows that millions of moms since the 1970s left and returned to the workplace.

For too long, we have been talking about “stay-at-home parents” and “working parents” as if staying at home and working were fixed unchanging states.
— Jessica Grose, author of NYT article, Working Moms and Stay-at-Home Moms Are Not at War

According to the UpJohn Institute for Employment Research, a 2015 study of Mothers' Long-Term Employment Patterns revealed that research typically focuses on return to work upon maternity leave or the first few years after birth. Employment in the long game for mother's consists of much more (i.e. part-time work, etc.) and is an underdeveloped story.

This is true in my career journey.

Working parents, what has the return to work or career pivot looked like in your home? How was it evolved long-term?

Are You Facing Obstacles? Return to Work with Confidence!

Flexjobs surveyed over 900 Stay at Home (SAH) parents about their decision to return to work. 58% of SAH parents surveyed took more time away from work than they expected. What obstacles did they face to return?

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The study found their barriers were:

Don’t want or can’t be in an office full-time: 59%

Don’t know how to find a job that fits my life: 54%

Don’t know what I want to do for work: 36%

Don’t know where to begin: 34%

Don’t have networking contacts/stayed in contact with them: 33%

Not sure how to balance career and family: 31%

Need an updated or new resume: 30%

Don’t want to go back to the same career: 27%

Lack of confidence: 25%

The local job market isn’t great: 22%

Haven’t kept up my skills: 23%

Need guidance or coaching: 19%

Commuting to work is prohibitive: 17%

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