When returning to the workforce, you may want to consider roles OTHER than what you did prior to having children. Rather than figuring out how to continue climbing the same career ladder, consider moving to another one to broaden your exposure and expand your opportunities.
Career paths do not have to be vertical. The path can wind and curve, with may detours. Prior to targeting roles and companies, list all your skills and competencies. Consider how your skills and competencies could be leveraged in a variety of roles or industries.
Career detours can be beneficial if they round out your overall experience and practical education. Some detours enhance your understanding of an industry or related industries—for example, industries that are vertically integrated. When determining whether a career detour is beneficial, consider how you will use your newly acquired skills for subsequent roles.
Thinking laterally instead of just vertically opens more doors. When returning to the workforce, you may discover your previous career path no longer fits your current work-life needs and arrangement. By considering a detour, you may be able to find a parallel career that better suits your needs.
Careers can be defined and redefined. A 40 hour workweek, 25 minute commute and 9 to 5 job in an office does not equal a career for everyone. Think outside the box!