Transitioning back to work

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Transitioning back to work
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Sat, 04-26-2008 - 12:25pm
I'm not sure if this topic belongs here - so feel free to ignore or redirect me. I was on another board and the topic of what should the Stay-at-Homes years count for when you transition back to the work world. Does staying at home allow you to develop new skills or do you just go right back to entry-level? Does this subject come up here once in a while? My quick review of recent threads didn't come up with anything.



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Sun, 04-27-2008 - 3:23pm

"You would be wrong. "

>>At many American companies, managers face gag orders that make prisoners of war look positively chatty. Forget "name, rank, and serial number." When someone asks for references on a potential hire, these bosses are supposed to reveal only job titles and dates of employment...But the laws differ from state to state. <<

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0301/p14s03-wmgn.html

"I work in the software development field."

Completely different than IT.

Have a good week all, see you on the boards!

~Nisu




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Sun, 04-27-2008 - 4:14pm

The skills

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Sun, 04-27-2008 - 4:58pm

Did you actually read the article? It clearly states that any good HR professional can get necessary references in spite of some company gag orders.

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Sun, 04-27-2008 - 5:20pm

I think all of those activities requires skills..

but honestly I have the same skills as a parent that you probably do and I've been working full time for the last 9years -- so I'm not seeing how the 'I'm a parent' argument would work unless you can make a line by line case on your resume that would transfer to the job you're trying to obtain.

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Sun, 04-27-2008 - 6:28pm

"I don't think the development of skills is the same as "job experience". But I don't see how developing skills in a volunteer position is different that from parenting."


I don't see parenting as much like the volunteer work I've done, except to the extent I've done volunteer work with kids.

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Sun, 04-27-2008 - 7:07pm

Actually, job experience as a pizza/package delivery driver, house painter, or cash register clerk does have value on a job application. Those jobs can show a good work ethic, accountability, dependability, ability to work with others, problem-solving, independent work habits, and good customer skills. All things that any employer looks for in hiring. These things aren't as apparent in a sahp returning to work unless they can show off those skills in terms that the employer understands, such as volunteer work.

Chris

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Sun, 04-27-2008 - 11:00pm
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Mon, 04-28-2008 - 10:04am

Whiel it true that many SAHP have great mutitasking skills, negotiating skills etc.

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Mon, 04-28-2008 - 10:10am

I was hoping that someone would sort of see where I'm coming from, not that everyone would like this idea was completely off the wall.


I think everyone can see where you're coming from, they just don't agree.

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Mon, 04-28-2008 - 6:42pm

>>I think everyone can see where you're coming from, they just don't agree. I am a sahm w/ five kids. I have great management skills, among others ;0). I have not developed those skills b/c I sah w/my children. I've developed them b/c I have five children, and I would have developed my skill set, even if (maybe even more so) I woh.<<

I challenge you to find one post (besides mine and perhaps yours) that supports the idea that having children supported you in developing a valuable skill set.

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Do we as SAH or WOH or single or as women or as a society undervalue the work involved in raising a family?

I know many people who view their jobs as a vacation from the intensity of being home. Doesn't that say something?>>

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I have made my point as clearly as I could: that the skills one develops from being a parent should be marketable. I addressed the fact that all mothers not just SAH's develop said skills and that this might not be the right board for my question. Obviously, it isn't, but it was worth a try. I think.




Edited 4/28/2008 6:46 pm ET by nisupulla

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