When you become a mum, your children are the most important thing in your life. At some stage though, you may think about going back to work.
Perhaps having a child has inspired you to seek a more flexible career. Maybe you are craving a career where you can follow your passion, want to improve your skills to get a promotion when you go back, or simply need a bit of confidence to step back into the workforce.
Regardless of how long you have taken off work, things can change rapidly across any industry or job. Legislation changes, policies get overhauled and software advances.
Improving your current skills or adding new skills to your current knowledge, also known as upskilling, can go a long way in getting you back up to speed.
Upskilling includes any means of teaching new skills, including online, Tafe, university and short courses, certificates, workshops and seminars.
Here are 5 reasons for mums to upskill when returning to work.
Discover what you REALLY want to do
A period of maternity leave often forces a mum to ponder "do I really want to go back?" If you donít love your current career, why not take the time to work out what really makes you happy?
By taking on a couple of short courses - some of which you can even do online while you are at home with your baby - you could uncover a passion for something you never thought possible!
Maybe youíve always loved photography, but never thought a career in this field would be possible, or maybe you want to start an online business to spend more time at home with the kids, but have no idea where to start? There are short courses that can prepare you for a new career in an industry or field you are most passionate about.
Gives you with the confidence to return to work
Even if you havenít been in the workforce for years, upskilling can give you the training you need to slide seamlessly back into working life. It is a chance to brush up on your knowledge of your industry, get up to speed with software developments and refresh your written and verbal communication skills.
For example, if you worked in accounts before you had your children, it is extremely likely that software packages have advanced. Some further training in that software will provide you with the confidence you need to stroll back into the workforce with ease.
Greater career choices
An advantage of upskilling is the better career choices that become available. Suddenly, you have gone from being out of the workplace for a few years to being a highly fancied candidate with a few options on the table. Upskilling can open the door to a promotion, the opportunity to train others in your field, greater responsibility in your role and better financial gain.
Improve value for current or future employers
When you have current, up-to-date skills that few others have in an ever-evolving workplace, your value to your employer or future employer rises rapidly. You might have the latest technical skills, conflict resolution skills or teaching skills that no-one else at your company has, and that makes you more attractive in the eyes of your workplace.
Instead of relying solely on the training you have done in the past or before you took time out to have your children, take the time to upskill by taking a short course, workshop or seminar and stay one step ahead of everyone else.
Better negotiation power
Want a promotion? Family-friendlier hours? Payrise? Upskilling will give you more power to negotiate what you want with your employer. The better your skills, the more valuable you become as an employee, and your employer is more likely to give you want you really want from your role.