A divorce is more than just dissolving your marriage and going your separate ways – it can impact other areas of your life too. If you are a stay-at-home parent, one of the things your divorce may cause is force you back into the workforce rather suddenly.
However, starting a new career – or restarting one – after a divorce can be a huge challenge. Here are a few tips that can help you get your career on track after the divorce:
Acquire the right mindset
Divorce can be a very tumultuous undertaking. However, it is important to understand that one of your best assets during those challenging times is a positive mindset. Believe in yourself regardless of the difficulties you are currently experiencing. It takes a positive mindset to step out of your current situation and explore your potential for a new chapter.
Build up your skills
Basically, you need skills to find work. This is the time to evaluate your skills or enroll in courses so you can prep for the next phase of your life. If you have young children, do not be afraid to send them to a daycare facility so you can have adequate time to focus on your education. Working with a Vocational Counselor can assist in evaluating your skills set, interests and the job market.
Build up your network
The importance of networking as you build your career cannot be overstated. Once you have armed yourself with the right skills, you need to step out and let the world know what you can do. Refine your resume with a professional so it is pitch perfect. Do not be afraid to share your resume with friends and family or ask for job referrals.
Finally, it’s important to make sure you have the resources you need to rebuild. It may be necessary to ask for temporary spousal support in your divorce to give you the boost you need as you re-enter the workforce, get the training you need and transition into your new chapter.