Transferable Skills, With Love, A Stay-at-Home Mum
We have all been there, the stay at home mum identity crisis. The sudden realisation of the big fat hole in my resume dawned on me. I cared about how I would appear to future potential employers. Now five years on, I can tell you I am not worried in the slightest. Although no awards, promotions or accomplishments will be mentioned on my resume, I am sure of one thing, I am way more confident than I thought.
I am incredibly well-versed in Child Development, meeting goals that include bedtime routines and the ability to work towards tight deadlines, such as the 20-second dash for the potty. I can work well under pressure (running the home in the day and multiple feeds at night). Communication skills include baby sign, lecturing and the reading of body language. A worried mother can research better than MI5, so that surely counts towards research and analytical skills?
Additionally, I can prioritise better, managing multiple tasks at once, for example, feeding, cooking and surfing the internet simultaneously. Let's not forget organisational skills, meals planning, routine setting and sorting out the dreaded Lego. A few final skills I believe I achieved from being a stay at home mum are problem-solving. For example, why isn't she sleeping, why won't she sleep, how can I stop her crying, and how can I eat some sweets without being seen? Lastly, I can divide tasks, share chores and gain cooperation from my pint-sized dictator.
Whilst you may have been out of work for a while and lacking in confidence, just remember you have likely gained skills during your time at home, you never thought you had.
With love, A stay at home mum xx
One of our amazing participants Julie Siddiqi who created Together We Thrive empowering women in faith communities to be the best they can be, working together to really thrive.
She has been awarded an MBE as mentioned in an article here in the Windsor Observer
Mrs Siddiqi is also the Founder of Sadaqa Day which she started in 2015 - with the aim of encouraging mosques, community groups and individuals to give something back to the areas where they live.
Sadaqa Day provides a focus for busy people who cannot devote too much time to volunteering.
It is a day of social action - one date in the calendar when individuals, mosques and other places of worship, schools, women’s and community groups, scouts and guides groups can get involved - undertaking ready-and-waiting small tasks that one volunteer can deal with in a day.
We couldn't be more proud and inspired by her achievements.