A maternity leave is a common transition experienced by many women. This transition is often regarded as a critical turning point for the family, the individual, and one’s career. However, less common is the focus on how this transition specifically impacts a woman’s career development. If you are anticipating a maternity leave career transition or are in the midst of one, you will find some tips and strategies below to help you cope with the change process before, during, and after your maternity leave.
Remember, just like your behaviours and interactions change to correspond to the age and stage of your child, your career also requires similar adaptation. Career is developmental in nature; it is not a “once and done” style of decision making. The importance of your career relative to other aspects of your life may change over time. It is important to reflect on, and identify how your maternity leave career transition impacts your priorities. Adapt your goals and objectives accordingly and take actions that support what makes sense for you.
For more tips and strategies on how to navigate your maternity leave, download the free pdf Making It Work! How to Effectively Navigate Maternity Leave Career Transitions: An Employee’s Guide or purchase the book from Amazon or Chapters and Indigo.
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