One of the biggest barriers for mums when it comes to advancing their careers is how difficult it can be to find flexible work. A rigid, uncompromising role doesn’t exactly complement the myriad responsibilities we have as parents.
And then of course there’s the high cost of childcare in Ireland: if mums can’t find a flexible role, they often have to either pay these high fees, or bow out of work entirely to care for their kids at home.
But when this happens, the skill sets or qualifications of these mums can go to waste – a shame for them and the employers missing out on the amazing talents they have to offer.
So of course we cheered a little when we heard about Careers For Mums, the new dedicated jobs website for mums (and dads!) who are looking for flexible employment.
The website is a go-to resource, listing everything from flexi-time, project work and fixed term contracts, through to part-time roles, job shares, maternity cover, working from home and some full-time positions. All levels will be covered from senior executive downwards.
And as well as this, the website carries a host of other features designed to support working mums – such as CV tips and tricks, cover letters and interview skills, and spotlight features on different working mums who will be sharing how they achieve their work / life balance.
“For companies, it is an opportunity to access an extremely talented resource pool, which is being vastly underutilised,” says Careers for Mums Managing Director Jim Warren. “Over the last couple of years, there has been a realisation in Ireland that working mums can bring major benefits, so I’m pleased to say that there are a number of high profile companies exploring how they can encourage mums back into the workforce, as part of their diversity programmes.
“Mums will now have a dedicated resource, featuring exactly the type of opportunities they are looking for, which will allow them to take control of their work / life balance. Some are looking to return to work; others to change their working arrangements to something more suited to their lives.”
Sounds like just what we need!
For more information, pop along to careersformums.ie.