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4 Steps to Getting Back To Work After Extended Parental Leave

Transitioning back into the workforce after extended parental leave can be an incredibly daunting process. Many parents choose to return to the workforce after a period of time, but find that changes may have occurred while away on parental leave. So, where do you start, and what can you do to make the process easier?

1. Seek Support

After a long break and making a commitment to raising your children, resuming your professional life can be stressful. But you don’t have to do it alone. If you are looking for a new career or job, or looking to pivot into a new industry, it’s always a good idea to look at ways to:

  • Use your network to find the perfect role;
  • Reskill or upskill to help you get back into the workforce; and
  • Seek advice from other parents who have returned to work.

One more core skill to master is to understand that confidence is key, and by looking at ways to build your confidence using your support networks, you can feel much more assured when getting back into work.



2. Be Upfront

There’s no harm in being truthful and sincere. Having honest conversations with your potential manager to discuss your new reality of having a child and being a parent will help you transition back into the workforce. Additionally, these conversations can help you both understand how you can best support each other.

Your manager shouldn’t be the only one who should help you with your transition, though. Take the time to set realistic expectations with your colleagues to keep everyone in the loop.

Co-workers aside, for those looking to move into a new role, it is also important to keep your employment profile, including your resume and LinkedIn profile, up to date for complete transparency.


3. Consider Your Schedule

When you’re considering rejoining the workforce, you should also be hitting the reset button. This means ensuring you are resetting all of your expectations, not just your career expectations, because, after all, your whole world has changed since becoming a parent and it will continue to change once you rejoin the workforce.

Don’t over-commit to either work or family needs. Finding that healthy balance is something we all strive for, and it is possible. By finding balance, you create a much healthier lifestyle for not only yourself but also the people around you.


4. Try The Skills for Education & Employment (SEE) Program

For support to help you with a smooth transition back into the workforce, the SEE program is a great place to start.

Facilitated by the Australian Government, the SEE program covers foundational skill development to help you in further education or employment. The four core skills covered in the SEE Program include:

  • Language
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Technology

By improving these skills, you may meet the criteria needed for further training or entering the labour force. Anyone, including youth, mature-aged, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, those with disabilities, and culturally or linguistically diverse job seekers, can benefit from this program.



Why Choose the SEE Program?

When you sign up for the SEE program, you get the full benefit of accredited trainers and flexible learning options with various locations and time frames to suit your needs. Not only that, but after you complete the program, NORTEC can refer you to employers for a smoother hiring process and additional training if necessary.




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