After a maternity leave filled with coffee dates, baby gym, nursery rhymes and talking about poop, the world of work can feel like another dimension.
For most women, returning to work will be a mixture of excitement and apprehension – which is totally normal! You’ll miss your little sidekick, but also probably looking forward to a ‘break’.
After having a child, your priorities change, and for some, that means a change of career too. Maybe you’d prefer fewer hours, less responsibility or perhaps the nine months out has allowed you to discover a brand new passion or interest that you now want to build a career around.
Whether you are returning to your previous job or hunting for a new job, coming back to work after maternity leave can be daunting.
Here’s a few simple pointers to get you started.
1. Have faith in yourself
You’ve just birthed and raised a human. Nothing will be more of a challenge than that. You can do anything you set your mind on.
2. Don’t worry about losing the weight
It’s understandable that you want to look your best when interviewing or returning back to your previous role but no one will be defining you by your weight. The main thing is to be confident in your own skin – stretchmarks and all!
3. Treat yourself
A few new outfits or a new haircut can go a long way in boosting your confidence – especially if you have decided to apply for a new role. You deserve that new bag too, mama.
4. Set up meetings with your boss / recruitment agencies
If you’re returning to your previous role, it’s a good idea to set up a meeting with your boss to learn what you’ve missed and get back into the work mindset. If you’re after something new, get in touch with recruitment agencies to discuss your goals.
5. You have the capacity to do your job as well, if not better, than before.
Having time out from the office can make you more creative, proactive and motivated than before. You’ll be returning with a fresh pair of eyes and a fresh perspective so you may find you do the job better than you did before.
6. Be careful not to neglect yourself
Remember to look after yourself by staying hydrated, eating nutritious food and trying to exercise when you can. If you take care of yourself, it’s easier to tackle everything else.
7. Work-life balance
We know you’ll be missing your little bundle when you’re at work and worrying about work when you’re at home but try to keep the two separate to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
8. Go easy on yourself
Leaving the baby behind to go to work can be an emotional time. Forgive yourself for any tears, for checking in every 10 minutes and for taking a while to settle back into being a working mum. It will take time, but you’ll get there!
Whether your maternity leave has been 6 months or 6 years, returning to work can be stressful. If you’re looking for a new challenge, take a look at our list of job vacancies or give the friendly team at Ambitions a call on 614841.