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Returning to Work After a Gap
It can be difficult to return to employment following a gap for any reason – whether that is because you have been looking after someone (bringing up a family or supporting a family member due to ill health), because you have suffered a health problem yourself, or if you have been working in a career and decide you would like to pursue a different direction.
Without recent experience in the field that you would like to move into, or without an idea of what it is you want to do it can be difficult to know where to start. There are many options open to you, and your path will be determined by a number of factors. These include your current financial situation, how long you want to work towards your chosen field (are you prepared to retrain or volunteer for a few years?), what your current skills are and what your values are. Its also wise to think about the opportunities that are available to you. Is it realistic to want to be the next Prime Minister? Well someone has to be but it’s important to know what might be involved in this and whether you think it is worth the effort.
Having a fixed idea of what you want to do can be helpful as it means you will be able to plan the steps you need to take quite easily, however there are disadvantages to this approach if you don’t have any flexibility and you are not prepared to change course if opportunities arise on the way to your chosen goal. However on the other hand not having any idea of where you want to go and being swayed by every potential opportunity that comes your way can be a massive barrier too. This is due to having too many opportunities and not focusing on any one thing, you are less likely to achieve any of them.
So the point of this article really is to point out that it is good to have a plan, but a plan that is flexible and one that is dynamic based on developments of the situation that invariably come up in your life. If you don’t know where to start, or you just need a little bit of help, I can help you to get onto the right path and help you to stay focused. Sometimes, just knowing that there is someone there asking how you are getting on with your plan can help you to stay focused and make sure you do all the things you say you are going to do!
If you need help to decide what next, or how to be successful in finding a job after taking a career break for whatever reason get in touch – Kelly@cygnetnortheast.com or phone 07881294894. Or you can use our contact form. We can help you to explain why you haven’t been in work in a positive way.