Some research from Get Qualified Australia landed in my inbox this week that I can totally relate to. I took a voluntary redundancy from my old job early last year. After 15 years at the one organisation that was a scary moment, but I needed to concentrate on my toddler and baby. The first few years of having children means some tough choices about work for many of us and deciding to return to work is daunting. Apparently I am not alone in feeling this way.
Get Qualified Australia's research found only 32% of us feel confident returning to work after giving birth. It found 36% of mums are somewhat confident about returning to work and 32% are not confidebt. Our confidence steadily decreases as we age and and the biggest insecurities we have about returning to work relate to balancing work and family commitments and whether our skills and knowledge are up-to-date. 67% of us feel that our current qualifications and skills are out of date and this only increases the longer we wait to return to work.
The majority of stay-at-home mums have been out of the workplace for over five years and are highly motivated to kick-start their career again. With house prices & rents so high it's easy to understand why 66% of us are saying our financial contribution to our family is essential. 72% of mums also felt that they need to up-skill in order to re-enter the workforce.
Jasmina Dugalic from skills recognition and RPL specialist, Get Qualified Australia (www.gqaustralia.com.au), says
“It’s unsurprising that so many Australian women have concerns about returning to work after the birth of their child, given that such a high percentage feel that their skills and qualifications are no longer up-to-date. Most Australians aren’t aware that they could secure a qualification, often without the need for any study using their prior work experience. Through RPL and skills recognition, women are able to save time and money on completing study in order to upskill and secure a qualification. This would certainly increase confidence for women continuing their career once they have kids.”
This is something I have been contemplating as I browse job sites. Getting more skills doesn't just increase your employability, it also gives you a confidence boost, knowing you have relevant skills that are sought after by employers.