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Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work Paperback – August 15, 2008
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Cohen and Rabin are two Harvard MBAs who stepped away from high-powered jobs to raise their children, then years later attempted to relaunch their careers. Faced with myriad challenges, the authors wondered if other women experienced the same struggles. Their business backgrounds show in the organized approach they take to guiding self-evaluation and assessing marketability. But they provide a more personal perspective through interviews with more than 100 women, from a broad career and economic spectrum, who remember the difficulties of relaunching their careers after hiatuses from 18 months to 20 years. They encountered less-than-supportive partners and children and skeptical prospective bosses, not to mention their own self-doubts. In a separate section, the authors offer accounts of women who succeeded in their relaunches, including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Cohen and Rabin applaud a relaunch movement they hope will be so widely recognized that women will not be stigmatized for gaps in their résumés. A helpful and inspirational source for women reentering the workforce. Bush, Vanessa
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"A terrific compendium of the issues, trade-offs--and opportunities--that Serious Moms recommitting to Serious Professional life will encounter." --Mary Lindley Burton, president, Burton Strategies, and coauthor of In Transition: From the Harvard Business School Club of New York's Career Management Seminar
"After you have talked your girlfriends to death, bored your husband with all your plans and even, in desperation, consulted your mother-in-law, let Cohen and Rabin show you how it is done. They will help you plan the step-by-step campaign that will get you back into the job market no matter how much time you have taken off." --Lisa Endlich, author of Goldman Sachs: The Culture of Success
"Candid, constructive, compelling... The authors provide realistic yet optimistic advice with examples on how to relaunch a career successfully." --W. Stanton Smith, National Director, Next Generation Initiatives/Human Resources, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP
"This guide is a wonderful and practical roadmap to 'on ramping' back into the workforce. If you're thinking about that journey, this book is the way forward!" --Anne Erni, Chief Diversity Officer, Lehman Brothers
"This comprehensive step-by-step guide to workforce reentry should be invaluable to women seeking to relaunch their careers. Real-life examples of success stories combined with a multitude of practical advice make this book a unique resource." --Constance C. Helfat, professor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
"Finally! A smart, practical, inspiring guide for moms looking to get back to paid work--without losing their minds." --Leslie Morgan Steiner, editor of Mommy Wars and columnist, www.washingtonpost.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For those of us who really did leave the workforce for two decades to raise a family, the book felt out of touch.
It goes beyond theory, offering plenty of advice and know-how on practical aspects of relaunching one's career after raising family.
For me personally it has helped to keep things in perspective. For example, it's okay to take a step back from where you were in corporate ladder or take a job with initial lower compensation, as long as there is opportunity for growth, or if it offers you the much-needed flexibility you need in work schedule.
Overall, definitely worth reading. If only for the injection of self-esteem it provides
"Back on the Career Track" is practical, clear, interesting, and fun to read. I particularly like the way the authors guide mothers (or anyone who has been on a career break) through different ways of assessing current needs, strengths, interests, talents, and dreams. They do not have an agenda about what is best for women want to re-enter the workforce, and help readers explore what is best for them and their family, whether part-time work, a full-time job, an entreprenurial venture or other option.
As a psychologist and coach, I highly recommend this book.