My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Business after Babies ...?

Returning to work after babies

For three years now, I have been a full time mummy to Munchkin. I never did return to work. I have absolutely loved being around 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for her, watching her develop, enjoying every minute of every milestone. No one will ever take this from me and I have memories that will stay with me forever. 

I had always intended to return to the job that I had before having Munchkin. I was working for a charity called Tomorrow's People who had a mission to help the long term unemployed to find sustainable employment. I was employed as an Outreach Worker and helped individuals from various parts of London. The job had its highs and lows. It was tough seeing people that had been broken by illness or injury or who had been left with few life options due to unfortunate personal circumstances, and trying to establish a positive balance between the needs of my clients and the limited financial budgets made available to us by the relevant Government departments. However, there were a number of aspects that made the job wonderful. The clients I helped, the feeling of achievement when I received that phonecall letting me know one of them had found a job, and of course, the people I worked with. A bunch of people I will always hold dear!

Unfortunately, when the time came for me to consider returning to work, I had been informed that positions there were not very secure and that my colleagues were being moved to other offices. Therefore, I opted to stay with Munchkin for a little longer instead. 

Since giving birth to Beastie Boo, I have started to think about ways to improve our future for the family, and have been pondering which work sector I would look at, should I decide to return to employment once Munchkin starts long Pre-School hours.

So if I were to return to work in the near future, I think that I would consider re-entering the childcare sector. It was my first ever career choice, and is the field in which I chose to train and qualify after school. Ideally, I would search for employment within childcare and education. I have considered a number of possibilities. From school based roles to childminding, there is so much to choose from. However, after a number of years working in alternative sectors before having Munchkin, I have decided that this is the kind of work I would like to do. Maybe the route I choose will involve some re-training or some skill refreshment, all of which I would be prepared to do for the right job. After all, sustainable employment comes from finding something that you love to do!

I know that juggling babies and a successful career can be tricky, and finding that healthy balance between work and family life can sometimes be a bit of a minefield, but I need to start thinking about being more than just a mummy! I will eventually want to start seeing the advantages of having some life away from the children and relaunching my more 'adult' life.

As anyone who has ever searched for work is aware, there are numerous organisations, both online and on the High Street, that are set up with the aim to help make the whole job hunting experience a little less daunting and ultimately successful. Naturally, the company we turn to for this help often depends on the types of jobs being offered. Returning to work after having children can be a stressful thought, and many mums have let many years pass without even seeing a job application form, let alone completing one! Gone are the days when applications needed to be printed and completed by hand. Now, many can be completed online, meaning no need for the old Tip-Ex! With JobsGoPublic, applications can be filled in, saved, and resumed at a later, more convenient time. This is an important feature for me as a mum, as I like the thought of returning to an application and reading it through at a quiet (preferably child-free!) time before submitting it to an employer.

So maybe, one day, I will return to childcare as a career. I would love to retrain at some point to ensure my skills and knowledge are 'current', but it is good to know that there are sites like this around that are ready to help make the whole experience a more inviting one for those of us that have spent a number of years bringing up our children!

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