I just returned from a large conference in my field of work, where I was able to network and re-establish several contacts that I had when I was actively working. I work in a highly male dominated field, and most of my male colleagues I spoke to were quite supportive of my decision to take time off, and very happy to give me recommendations when I return to work I have continued to keep abreast of the latest developments in my field since I have been a SAHM, and was actually having a good time at the conference.
However, albeit the minority, one looked shocked when I said I was still at home with DD, and sounded as if I was doing myself a disservice by staying out so long, and needed to get back to work ASAP. I thought that I may encounter some of this thinking when I am interviewing for a new job, since I am looking to start working again in the next 6-8 months.
I have a few questions for you all who have BTDT experience:
1. How did you handle addressing your time off in your resume/cover letter/interviews?
2. How did you transition back to work? Did you start off just working a few days/hrs a week, or did you go back immediately to full time work?
In my field, it would be easier to find full time work, but I think that I could possibly find somewhere that would be willing to be flexible, although that would be much harder.
3. How did your DC handle the transition?
DH and I have been talking to DD about mommy going back to work, but she is in denial, because she keeps on staying that she wants me to stay with her all day, although she will be in preschool at that time.