When I was drowning a sea of nappies and suffocating in the fog of mundane, caring for three little babies, I often wondered whether I would EVER be able to go back to work.
I used to be a career girl.
Then the three under three situation made it virtually impossible to return.
Something inside me told me that I was not ready to return. Would I ever be confident enough to return?
The three little people at my feet made it hard to even contemplate.
Occasionally, I would wistfully look at Seek to see if there were any part time roles that could fit in around the kids, and around childcare options. On one such search, back in about 2007, I also stumbled across the Career Mums website.
I felt inspired when I found that site. Other Mums, all with great skills, all in the same boat as me, making the choice to get back to work. A website that understood the need for flexibility. It felt hugely reassuring to realise that I was not the only mum dithering over choices.
As a result of the website, I managed to get inspired enough to apply and secure some part time work around the kids. Just for ten hours a week, but it was enough for my dormant skills to reawaken.
And It also got my creative juices flowing again, and so I also began to take my blogging and my social media interests a whole lot more seriously.
Through blogging and writing I have been lucky enough to get to know the talented Allison Tait, whose blog Life In a Pink Fibro was one of my early faves. I remember her blog when it's header was a ropey snap of the Fibro's roof line. And through strange coincidence, it turns out that Allison knows the lovely Kate Sykes, founder of the Career Mums site.
I find out that not only do they know one another, but they are working together on a book...a book called...Career Mums.
All of these facts collide at the same time that my youngest, Lexie, starts school.
I ordered the book on pre-order and devoured it the minute I received it.
Simple but often overlooked advice is given succinctly. The book is brilliant at the business of confidence building.
The practical advice from experts is an eye opener. It made me realise that I had my own personal elevator pitch all wrong.
The book gave me a huge surge of hope to be honest. The "going back to work" thing, in my head, has become a huge issue.
- I want to really contribute to a role, to a business, to help create success. I want to share my skills to drive business results.
- I want to work hard in a fun environment and be really productive and then hop in my car feeling a sense of achievement as I rush to pick the kids up!
- I want to work in a role that utilises all of my skills, but I'd like to work part time.
- I want a job that matches my skill set, where I can really make a positive difference, but at the end of the day, my children come first these days.
- I want a job that stimulates me, but I also want to be able to walk away at the end of the day and not be stressed to the gills.
- I want a job that pays well, but that also offers family friendly flexibility.
Before reading the book, the above statements were all more of a wish list. Fantasy land - not attainable, so I probably was put off before I even started.
But, now that I have absorbed the book and all it's sound advice, I feel really confident in being able to pitch to organisations and potential new bosses for the kinds of roles I am after.
In between times, if you'd like a copy of the Career Mums book, just go here.
I have a copy of the book to give away, so if you'd like to be in the running for to win this, all you need to do is leave me a comment, telling me your current career goal. (And if you'd like to nip over and "Like" Career Mums on Facebook, that'd be tops too!)
ETA The winner of this brilliant book giveaway is...Mel, of Coal Valley View. Mel, I will email you to get your current postal address!