This articles was written by Brie Weiler Reynolds. Brie is the Director of Online Content at FlexJobs and a work-at-home mom to son, Jack, ten months. FlexJobs is the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible jobs, listing thousands of pre-screened, legitimate, and professional-level work-from-home, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. Brie provides career and job search advice through the FlexJobs Blog. Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com.
Before you became a mom, you worked as an accountant. Now that you’re ready to reenter the workforce, you’re not so sure if it makes sense to continue in your career of dollars and cents. After all, it wasn't as if you really loved the job, anyway. Just because you started out in one industry doesn't mean that you need to retire from the same one, too. Here are ways in which you can reinvent your career—and your life.
Do what you love. It can be scary to think of starting over in a completely new career field. So instead of thinking of the obvious questions, such as “How will I find a job?” and “How much money will I make?”, remove all of those technical questions and ask yourself just this one: “What would I love to do, even if I didn't get paid for it?” This will allow you the freedom to dream and discover what you’re really meant to do. Perhaps you’ll find that your ideal job is in nonprofit work or that you’d really like to work with animals for a living. Taking the time to figure out what you really want to do is the first step toward reinventing yourself.
Find your flexibility. In thinking of your new career, you’ll need to factor in how much work-life balance means to you. While your kids may not need you as much as they did when they were infants, you still want to be there at 3:30 when they get off the school bus. If that’s the case, you may need to find a job that gives you a flexible schedule or even allows you to telecommute so you can be the working mom you really want to be.
Get support. Once you've determined what you’d like to do, it’s time to share this newfound knowledge with friends and family. But be prepared for some resistance, especially from those closest to you. They might not understand why you’re suddenly switching careers from being a banker to a baker, and that’s understandable. Let them know that this is something you’re serious about and that you’ll need their support as you enter into this new phase of your life and career. Once they see how serious and dedicated you are to your new profession, they’ll be helpful and supportive.