It’s incredibly common for women to take time away from work to start a family. But re-entering the workforce brings concerns about lacking the latest skills, competing against more current candidates and re-learning the job itself. In this episode the moms are joined by Monica Hultgren, a single mother of triplets who went back to work in an entirely new career.
Monica Hultgren spent the first ten years at home with her triplets. She considered returning to work from a desire to do more, but that turned into a necessity following her divorce. Monica spent her entire career in communications and public relations, but she found herself with a job offer to work within Information Technology.
“When I first started this journey I was panicked.”
Several years later, she now has a successful career in IT Security.
“I can’t believe where I am now and where I was five years ago.”
Moms Make Better Employees
Moms are notorious for their ability to multi-task, prioritize and communicate effectively. When re-entering the workforce, the moms agree it’s advantageous to add motherhood to your resume.
“I think that lots of businesses are looking at moms in a serious way,” said Patti Minglin.
“We have those abilities to multitask and to really pick up on things and we have a bit more experience,” said Monica Hultgren.
Words of Wisdom
“This can be an exciting time. A new chapter to learn and do things that are new,” said Patti.
“No matter what there are sacrifices. Whatever decision you make you have to be proud of and you have to own it,” added Monica.
“It truly is trying to have it all. Trying to have the best of both worlds,” said Erica Lopez.
More from The Moms Network
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- Dr. Cathy Subber
- Erica Lopez
- Patti Minglin
- Monica Hultgren
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