Returning to work after a Divorce with Susan


This week, we have a special guest - Susan, who returned to work after 10 years and a Divorce. We are very excited to share her journey of Returning to work with you.

Susan loves spending time with kids outdoors and is a family photographer on the side. She created a YouTube and Instagram channel called The DIY Inspired Mom! It focusses on: Working Mom Life. Photography. Kidventures. Parks. DIY. Inspiration. Food. Culture. Art. Fashion. Design. Travel. Organization. Self-care.

These are some the additional responses, she wanted listeners to know:

Things that everyone should do while returning to work (tips for stay at home parents returning to work):

- make the time to find work. Set expectations that this process may take several weeks or months.
- Practice talking about yourself as a professional rather than as a parent. For me that was difficult since my identity is that of a mom.
- Get some advice. Try to connect to other working parents about how they balance work and family life.
- Think about what you really want to do, whether or be go back to your old career or start something new. And start the baby steps to get there
- Make a job search plan with deadlines - network, update your resume,
- Dont be afraid to be yourself and own it! I started every interview with, “I’m currently a stay at home mom looking to get back into the industry..” and I think it worked to my advantage and showed that I’m driven
- Dont be afraid to ask questions
- Don’t burn bridges, keep in contact with your colleagues
- Money is money, it can be made later, but you can’t get back the time that was wasted.

Susan's experience on how initiative, would have helped her

"I think having returnships would have helped tremendously. I know so many SAHM hoping to get back to work but not sure where to start. Some people wonder if their skillsets and experience are adequate anymore or if they need to return to school to get a job. I feel stay at home parents are probably better at most jobs since they know how to prioritize and multi-task" - Susan

Welcome to our podcast show for returnships return to work initiative. Today we are going to talk with Susan, whohas returned to work and she's Goin to take us through her journey, herstruggles and everything is necessary that she needed to return to work. Solet's hear it ride from Susan, so send you want to go ahead and introduceyourself hi. My name is Susan and I justreturned to work after just being divorced and realizing that I needbasically my own job seconds, great, my own instrumente and money. I was a stayat home mom for about ten years and I am now working at the job that I was atten years ago, where I took time off to raise the kids so Susan. What are some of thestruggles you saw while we were trying to return to work? I say some of the main struggles isjust being up to date on the current processes, procedures and programs. Sofor me it was ten years ago since I was last working full time. Job and thingshave turned up, have changed a lot in... industry, and I have turned frompaper to digital, also on a that. I also work in the construction fell.Okay, are there any other stronges that you particularly so yes? Well now that I'm back to work, Ialso realize that when I'm at work, I think for me it's easier to focus whenI turn off my mom brain and my personal life and then just focus on work andI'm at work and then basically just turn off my work by you when I'm athome. So that way I can focus on the kids and the things I have to do athome. I think it helps to establish sider bandoned at you know and p define your home with food. YourWork Live God. Are they any specific age, or thisexperience elate issues that you saw while we were tying to return to work?Yes, so also I mean, since I haven't been hit for ten years, I feel likemost of my peers are almost like half my age now, so it's a struggle justbeing with people who are a lot younger...

...than me also, who are also doing thesame role as me when the people who are my age are also my bosses. So it's justkind of like this weird in between spot got, got it so Fuson. Where did youdraw your inspiration from for returning to work? It's funny as that,so basically I kind of had a life changing the moment. The day I findizedis papers. I was stuck in the yard for about two days in vomiting for aweek from a stomach flu, but my doctors think is mally spressing from thedivorce, so I basically purged everything out of my system and lostten pounds in one week and then the next day I almost had this spiritualawakening of some work and just started looking for a job like something insideme, just told me to start looking for a job, so I started networking andcontacting my old colleagues and bosses that week and within a week I landed afew interviews, so that's kind of how started like mejust networking with people that know...

...and then I also started updating myresume and faded a length in account. Well, I am honestly inspired by hearingyour stony and journey. That's awesome that you, you kind of, took charge ofyour life and you went for the rule that you're looking for the life you're.Looking for that's that's really awesome. I'm sure, like the businesswere absolutely like taken away by the amount of dedication in the one werethady of Potan like awesome Seson, that's awesome. You're! Definitely be arock star. Thank in yeah, I felt like at the timeis almost like sink or what was the quote again but likebasically either fail or you like scribe to do be successful, and I finesthere's just no way I wanted to feel at this. So I just you know shock for thestars. That's that's awesome. That's that's! Definitely the spirit we needin pately on definitely all right. So...

Susan, what do you wish you? You are atime while we were returning to work guess for me, I mean if it wasn't so ttime pitial. I wish I'd taken some time off to myself to take a baked and likekind of like let things fully sunk in instead of mushing to find a job. Sobasically I was divorced in December and I accepted that job in December andthen it started working in January, so it was almost like a no times ofprocess. What actually occurred to me. So I went from you know in theversentur starting work in January and then clove hit in March and then thatwhole year was just kind of crazy, because then it resulted in me home,spilling and Remolin for the kids and working from home as a single mom andalso processing the divorce all in one year. So it was just a crazy year lastyear, so I d wish I'd kind of taken some time off for myself. I guesscurrently not initiative for retorn hips a we definitely offer resourcesfor therapy and like life, coaches and...

...also curea coaches. So do you thinkhaving a resource like that at the time would have been helpful? Oh Yeah.Definitely for sure. Like I mean I didn't even know where to start really,I mean I knew that I also I want to look for a job, but I also needed toheal from what happened. So I wish there was like more resources availableat the time beside just network. I could figure out what I had to do formyself, so I think that would have been helpful. That's definitely very, veryuseful to know, and I'm sure, for the listeners there are so many people whoare in the same boat as you, but you have gone ahead and you're not changeyour life for the better. So this is very, very healsome for the listenerskind of understand your journey and how things have preceded. That's awesome,Al that thing. So what are some of the things you thinkpeople should do when they are returning over some tips I have is...

...don't be a Patas or support system forhelp. I think one of my biggest advantages is that I have my momavailable to help watch the kids while I'm working, so that was like a big pupfor me to have her easily there to watch the kids when I need to likeleave. Another thing is: Don't be face to ask questions, especially whenyou're just returning to work after like a long period of time. It alsoshows your employers that you're interested in learning things. You knowlike the right way versus, like maybe a a more tevis, but that you knew a longtime ago. So that's also helpful. Another thing is also don't don't bringyou bitches with your old contact, just keep in contact with all of yourcolleagues from the past, because you never know when you might need them asa work refference in the future, and then another thing I've been thinkingabout is to like money is money. It can always be made later so, but like thetime that you've spent, you basically can't get your time back, so just focuson the time rather than the money in...

...the future. Thank you so much Susan forproviding this advice to people. I think this would definitely help peopleto be like an ofter as you are thinking. So that's a bit more about yourself andwhat do you do currently and any hobbies that you're pursuing aside fromwork? I spend a lot of my time with my kids and we're usually just kind oflike checking out different parks on the area or doing some home activities.So I started a new website actually on yout and in Tagama called the DIYinspired mom. So if you've got us have any questions, you can email me at theday inspired mom at Gacon, or I find me on you tube and in to GAM, and you cansee all our briefly adventures or not wow. That's awesome, yeah, the elyotSusan's new Youtte Channel and I'm sure that she has some amazing tips for mom,specifically yeah. Thank you so much...

Susan for joining us today. This is aso excellent feeling from you and learning all about how all of thethings that you have done has had towards it. You would have gotten thisahead in your journey with our current initiative. Retentis are in, for whichis helping say at home. Parents to get back to work were giving out all theseresources for free to all of the people that I think that would have helpedlike tremendously, because right now it's like I mean I know so many stateat home parents who are basically waiting for the day thatthey can go back to work. But then, since they've been out of the game forso long, they just don't know where to start and they feel like they're education or skills skills that mighthave changed. So I think just having the resourcesthat you offer would help them kind of steer their direction as to what theycan do to... know like land that job and focus on themselves for a while,instead of focusing on others. Thank you. I mean. I am glad that this is abill to like help out all the people out there. So all the listeners who arelistening please check out our website w returns Ip are in, for we also have apace of page. Our collators ips are in for where we post educational materialsand your posting sofy every day, so peace to like like it and share it withsomebody who can get the help. All right. Think you so much Susan forjoining, and thank you for a tuning and listening to us. We would be bringingin different stories Sol her her different stories of different eternels,who have successfully returned back to work and hear about their staveleyjourney to nate and subside to the Sandal. Thank you thank you, Sousan andthank you. Everybody Yep thanking for Macht.

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