And then wondering how you’ll make it happen.
This is a practical game plan, designed to get you back into work and help you stay there.
WITH EXCELLENT TIPS AND ADVICE ON HOW TO:
* MAKE YOUR JOB WORK FOR YOU
* NEGOTIATE FLEXIBLE HOURS
* START A WHOLE NEW CAREER
CAREER MUMS WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF BOTH WORLDS
About the Authors:
Allison Tait is an experienced journalist who has been writing for books, magazines and newspapers for more than twenty years. Her list of writing credits includes magazines such as Marie Claire, Madison, Vogue Australia, CLEO, Cosmopolitan and Sunday Life, as well as newspapers including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sunday Telegraph, and ninemsn’s Finance and Careers websites, kidspot.com.au and other sites. She is the author of Credit Card Stressbusters: Slash your credit card debt in 90 days (Wrightbooks), and documents her life as a writer and mother of two on her blog, lifeinapinkfibro.blogspot.com.
Kate Sykes is the founder of careermums.com.au, Australia’s first dedicated careers centre and jobs board for working parents and parents returning to work. She also runs a recruitment business called Lift – liftrecruitment.com.au – and is a workforce planning specialist, working with businesses to implement flexible workplace policies and strategies for retaining parents after parental leave. She is a member of AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute), the chair of the Canberra Business Council’s Workstyles Committee, and 2010/11 Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year.
I want to go back to work. I need to go back to work. I have to go back to work.
No matter what your story, your reasons, your philosophy, chances are that if you’re a mum, one day you’ll find yourself saying a version of those words. And then wondering how you’ll make it happen.
In January 2010, the government introduced the right to request flexibility in the workplace. But introducing the right doesn’t necessarily make it easy to approach the boss. What you need is someone to talk you through it, show you how it’s done, explain your rights and responsibilities – and help you get the desired results.
This book is not an overview or a review of how someone else did it, though there’s lots of shared experience here. This is a practical game plan, designed to get you back into work and help you stay there.
It won’t tell you how to make your toddler sleep at night so you can get to work. But it will give you practical advice on negotiating a flexible work arrangement, so that your toddler sees enough of you and doesn’t feel the need to stay awake all night to ‘catch up’. It won’t teach you how to fix a relationship that’s buckling under dual workloads. It will give you the tips and tricks you need to organise parental and household duties so that resentment doesn’t become an extra member of your family.
Now is a great time to negotiate the job you want, the hours you need, the flexibility you have to have to make it work. Especially with expert, hands-on advice and information to help you along the way. Why? Because Australia’s population trends are creating a nationwide skills shortage.
For starters, the workforce is ageing. It’s the most noteworthy projected change in population, here and internationally, over the next fifty years, and it means there’ll be fewer people of working age to fill jobs. On top of that, while our birthrate has increased slightly in the last few years, it’s still almost half what it was in the 1960s, when the average was 3.6 children per family. This means that there are fewer younger workers available to develop the necessary skills. Alongside both of those trends is the fact that more than four million baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are now entering the retirement zone, meaning an exodus of skilled, experienced workers.
When you consider that 48 per cent of Australian workers are female, and that 55 per cent of all graduates are women . . . well, that’s a large percentage of Australians of working age. It puts Australian women in a better position than ever before to make the workplace work better for them. Jobs need to be filled. Now’s the time to ensure your job is filled in a way that works for you, your family and your employer.
Don’t be afraid to ask.
Career. Home. Life. There has never been a better time to have it all. Your way.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.