What’s it Really Like Going Back to Work After a Long Break?

Going back to work after a long break can give rise to many emotions. There’s excitement, happiness, and a bit of nervousness as well. It presents an opportunity for professional growth, gives us a chance to learn new things and make new friends. Returning to work after a long break is, in many ways, an important event in one’s career and needs to be well planned for.

To ensure that you start your search for and get the right opportunity, we’ve put together a list of things to keep in mind when you decide to return to work. 

Get an Industry Update

When you decide to re-join the workforce, the first thing you need to do is take stock of the changes that have occurred in your industry or field of work. Find out what people are talking about, what developments have occurred and what new skills are in demand in the workplace.

Learn New Skills

Every new opportunity in life starts with a fresh perspective. If you’re returning to work after a long break, then chances are you are out of touch with what’s new, what’s in demand and what’s relevant today. You can divide skill sets into two – one set will be generic relating to administrative tasks or tech updates. The other set will be more specific to the role you are interested in. If you’re looking to start your own business, then you might need to take a business course and educate yourself about sales and marketing as well.

Attend Networking Events

Once you’ve decided that you want to re-enter the workplace, you need to start networking with other professionals from your chosen sector. By doing this, you will not only build contacts but also understand the latest trends in the industry.

Decide What You Want

Before you search for new work opportunities, it’s important to know exactly what it is that you want from your career and how much can you contribute in terms of time and energy. Find out what kind of work (full-time/part-time/work-from-home) you are looking for and what makes you tick.

Preparation is Key!

Interviews can be stressful for the best of us. If you’ve been away from work for a while, it can be nerve-wracking. To ensure that you don’t slip up in an important interview, practice giving interviews with friends or family members who are currently working. Make a list of questions that you think an interviewer will ask someone with your experience and in your situation. Prepare answers to those questions. Some questions that returning professionals are usually asked are – Why did you take a break? What did you do during the break? And why do you want to return to work?

If you would like to give the work-from-home option a try, get in touch with us and we will assist you in finding and exploring the right opportunities.