Returning to work after a career pause can stir up many feelings of self-doubt or insecurity if you have taken a break from your career to care for family. Learning how to return to work with confidence is at the core of what we help you do at Opting Back In. In the meantime, there are a few things you can begin doing right now to help you regain your confidence as you look towards your future of returning to work.

If it has been some time since you have left your career, you know a few things have changed. Primarily, the addition of technology in today’s workplace has not just changed the way business is done, but also the culture (or environment) in the workplace.

Knowing about these challenges in advance can help you be prepared as you begin your return-to-work journey.

How to return to work with confidence – 4 Steps You Can Take Right Now

Know Your Strengths

Knowing what you are good at can help you work from a place of strength in your upcoming role, whatever that may be. Most importantly, knowing your strengths helps you know where to begin looking for your next role.

So, if you don’t already know, how do you find out what your strengths are?

Self-assessment is the perfect place to begin. The Value of Self-Assessment in the Return-to-Work Process is the topic of one of our upcoming free webinars and we would encourage you to register for it today. Here you will learn the value of behavioral assessments, a key factor in determining your strengths.

Not only will knowing your strengths help you find your next position, but working from your strengths will help keep you motivated at work as well as boost your confidence when you return.

Enlist Some Help

As our founders will tell you, the return-to-work journey can feel like a lonesome one. That is why enlisting the help of a mentor or coach can go a long way as you prepare to return to work. A mentor or coach is someone who can and who will work with you one-on-one and have those conversations about how things are going for you along the way. A mentor or coach is someone who can offer you guidance, based on their own experience, to help get you to where you want to be.

Don’t know where to start? There are a few things to look for in a mentor or coach when enlisting someone to help you:

  • Someone who is doing what you want to be doing OR
  • Someone who has walked the path before you in returning to work OR
  • Someone who has connections in the industry you want to be in

We will soon begin offering one-on-one coaching to help you in your return-to-work process. If you are interested, you can let us know today.

Find Your People

Choosing to opt back in to the workforce doesn’t mean that you have to walk this path alone. There are other women out there doing the same thing as you, and here at Opting Back In, we connect everyone through our Opting Back In community. Opting Back In provides a unique community of support for women who have chosen to return to work after a career pause.

Transitioning back to work can be a time filled with self-doubt, insecurities and emotions — but it doesn’t have to be. Learning how to return to work with confidence is easier when you are surrounded by a supportive community of other women doing the same thing.

At our Coffee and Conversation, you will find your people — other women doing what you are doing and walking the same path as you. You can get connected and find a community of support with Opting Back In.

Get Up To Speed on Technology

Technology can be a big barrier if you are trying to return to work in this digital age after a career pause. Getting caught up to speed on the latest technology can seem overwhelming. However, we are here to help. Many of Opting Back In’s upcoming free talks and webinars can help you get caught up to speed on technology. Check out our upcoming talk on Collaborating in the Cloud to get started.

Following these four steps will help you know how to return to work with confidence. To begin your return-to-work journey, start with a personal assessment. Our upcoming webinar on The Value of Self-Assessment In The Return To Work Process can be attended for free from the comfort of your own home. Register today by clicking this link here.