Parents – usually mothers – who leave the workforce to care for children often need assistance to navigate the transition upon their return. While some companies have programs (returnships, for example) to help parents reintegrate, others aren’t as supportive.
Here are a few resources you can use with clients returning to work after taking a break to care for children.
Making It Work! How to Effectively Navigate Maternity Leave Career Transitions: An Employee’s Guide [Book]
This user-friendly book published by CERIC acts as a self-directed tool that allows people returning from maternity, parental or adoption leave to find and apply strategies that suit their specific career needs. It aims to empower readers to be active agents in their career development. A webinar recording is available to help mothers understand the impact of maternity leave on their career development, as well as to support them in establishing a back-to-work plan.
An Employers’ Guide is also available.
This guide from the Government of Canada explains Canada Labour Code provisions as they relate to maternity and parental leave. It answers questions such as “Can an employee take both maternity and parental leave?” and “What happens to the employee’s job upon return from maternity leave or parental leave?”
Certified Employment Strategist Natalie MacLellan explains how she helped a client return to work after a seven-year career break to care for her three children in this Careering magazine article. While the client thought she had just spent her time doing “Mom stuff” that wouldn’t be of interest to employers, as it turns out, she had plenty to put on her resume.
In this Careering magazine article, tellent founder Jennifer Hargreaves – whose venture helps professional women find flexible careers – shares her story of experiencing workplace discrimination while pregnant. She also explains how she underwent a career pivot, because “ambition does not wear off with the epidural.”
In this TED Talk, career re-entry expert Carol Fishman Cohen talks about her own experience returning to work after a career break, her work championing the success of “relaunchers” and how employers are changing how they engage with return-to-work talent.
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