Get job confident again in three easy steps with expert advice…
“Many mums talk about a loss of confidence when coming back into a team that they were once part of after having a baby. But they also say that being a mum makes them better at multi-tasking, more assertive and hyper-organised. So don’t be shy – harness those new-found skills when you step back into the office.”
Admittedly, going back to work requires a little more thought than riding a bike, but that old chestnut about never forgetting how to do it is so true of making a post-maternity comeback. The truth is, you’re as good as you ever were and the language, skills and knowledge you need for work really do come back – especially if you’ve kept in touch during maternity leave. The trick is to feed yourself this message about skills lying dormant and to think about all the other valuable skills you’ve acquired on maternity leave, such as patience, persistence, organisation, negotiation, and how they link back to work. You haven’t been idly twiddling your thumbs for the last however many months, you’ve been working and developing yourself and another human being. This is invaluable experience for any person’s career, particularly someone who leads a team.
As a mum of three, I know that the thought of what to wear on returning to work starts to worry us as soon as we know our return date. And as a woman, your body shape changes during and after pregnancy. But I promise you can look amazing after pregnancy in your daily ‘mummy’ life, either at home with your baby or returning to work. You mustn’t pressure yourself to get back to your pre-baby weight too soon – there are styles of clothes to suit each body shape, to make you look and feel amazing.
“I really wanted to feel my best when I went back to work as a teacher after having my son Tom. I went all out with a facial and new outfit, and went to a gym the week before. Feeling well presented really helped me walk tall and feel proud to be back.”
Lucie Phillips, 33, mum to Tom, 2
Great suggestion - 'dress the part'. It's important to leave the house and be who you need to be at work. I love transforming into the working me and take great pride in my working wardrobe. I feel confident, professional and importantly feel like me.
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