Divorce brings so many life changes. If you have been a stay-at-home parent or full-time spouse with no outside job, then returning to work may pose some of your biggest questions.
Should you go back to work? If so, how should you go about getting the right job?
Before you do anything, be sure to consult your attorney first. Your proven ability to earn a living may impact settlements or support. Of course, there is no harm in quietly planning ahead and considering your options.
Here are some things that you can start thinking about.
Do you really want to work?
If your children are still young, working may not be the best option for you, or for them. On the other hand, besides the income, having a career may be one of the best ways to regain your sense of purpose and build a new circle of people in your life.
What kind of work would be right for you?
Think about your education and jobs you have had before. Think about something you do especially well. What kind of volunteer work have you done? Even better perhaps, consider the opportunity for change. What would you love to do that you have never done before? What inspires you?
Who can help you?
Do you have friends who own businesses or are well connected in a certain industry? Do you have former colleagues who can fill you in on the latest in your industry or specialty? Are there networking events you can attend? Have you explored Facebook Groups and MeetUps to meet new people in your field.
What would your resume and professional profile look like?
Take a look at how other people in your field are doing it on LinkedIn. It does not hurt to see how you might present yourself, your experience and your positive attributes. Are there additional certifications or degrees I should look into?
What logistics would be involved?
Do you have a way to get to work? Do you need a professional wardrobe? What would you do about childcare and how much would it cost? You want to consider all of these factors well in advance. With any decisions you make about whether to work in lieu of support or not, or what salary to accept, you must consider how much it will actually cost for you to have a job. You may find that this cost is significantly more than you imagined.
Is there a creative solution?
Could you work from home and still be a stay-at-home parent? Would your ex-spouse be responsible for childcare if you work different hours or days?
It seems this article has provided more questions than answers! It is important to ask yourself these questions though. As you do, the answers that are right for you should become clearer. You can check out other articles here to dig into some specifics about these important questions.