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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Calling All Moms: How to Relaunch Your Career

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Carol Fishman Cohen, co-author of the book Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work. She was a speaker at The Conference Board's Women's Leadership Summit, and she presented a session and facilitated a panel discussion on the topic of relaunching your career after having children.

As former stay-at-home moms ourselves, both she and I know the challenges of trading in baby bottles for briefcases after leaving the workforce for an extended period of time. When faced with trying to merge back onto the business beltway, mothers often feel frustrated and alone as they try to figure out a game plan to do it successfully. Everyone knows how nerve-wracking it can be to start a new job or even return to an old one after weeks, months or even years. Pile on top of that the high emotions of separating from newborns and children and you can imagine the kind of stress mothers are under when they try to ease back into working full-time!

Cindy from Lindenhurst, Long Island is one such new mom:

Dear Michelle,

I became a mom recently, and now I'm faced with returning to work after my maternity leave. While it's difficult enough to imagine leaving my newborn, I'm even more nervous about coming back to my job after all of this time has passed. I worry that not only am I going to suffer from major separation anxiety, but that I won't be able to fit back into my organization and my team.

Do you have any advice on how to make this huge transition a little easier for me?

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