From Publishers Weekly
Many parents are torn, wanting to be hands-on, full-time parents but also feeling ambivalent about leaving interesting, financially lucrative careers. This handbook, by freelance journalists Quigley and Kaufman, focuses on those mothers who are returning to the workplace after time spent away: networking to find a position, negotiating salary and other benefits, starting a business from home and more. In a casual tone, the authors draw upon their own experiences as well as on those of other mothers who were interviewed or contributed anecdotes to the authors' Web site. While many of these career topics are discussed in other books, this volume offers a fresh perspective in several areas; sections on changing careers and using volunteer jobs as a way of getting a new position are particularly insightful. Furthermore, the solutions are realistic. For example, regarding reliable child care, the authors discuss the advantages of having a family member (sibling, spouse or grandmother) available for child care or emergency care. This is a solid guide that should appeal to mothers who can't or don't want to return to their previous careers.
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Quigley and Kaufman follow up on their earlier book, And What Do You Do? When Women Choose to Stay Home
(2000), with a look at women choosing to reenter the job market after their children are in school or have left the nest. The authors interviewed hundreds of women and learned that their number-one concern on returning to jobs or careers is flexibility. But they note an array of other issues: the higher expectations and demands of the marketplace; the unlikelihood of returning to the same job or even the same profession; the need to keep skills sharp and stay on top of current trends. The authors advise women to keep a notebook to articulate their desires and motivations for returning to work and to develop a step-by-step strategy, including volunteerism, job sharing, part-time work, returning to school, and starting a business. Interviews with women in the process of returning to work offer insights into everything from child care to personal insecurities to finances. A practical and informative resource. Vanessa BushCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved