Making It Work! How to Effectively Navigate Maternity Leave Career Transitions: An Employee’s Guide was developed for women taking maternity leave and those experiencing their first or subsequent maternity leave career transition. This is a user-friendly resource to help moms tailor specific strategies to their own individual career needs. It will empower women to be active agents in their career development, setting themselves up for success.
Women make up approximately 50% of Canada’s labour force and account for 58% of post-secondary graduates. Of the working women who do become mothers, 90% will take a maternity leave. However, 36% of new mothers feel that taking maternity leave negatively impacts their opportunity for promotions, career development and career progression. The information in this guide serves as a starting point to develop positive career management practices not only in navigating your maternity leave, but with other career decisions in the future.
The guide covers:
• Knowing how to communicate value in the workplace
• Understanding career style and changes in work/home life
• Before, during and after maternity leave (e.g., exit interviews, comeback coaching, combatting “imposter syndrome”)
• Strategic return-to-work plans, including seeking mentorship or sponsorship
• Customizing career plans with flexible work options (telework, job-sharing, “mompreneurship)”
Written by a team of workplace psychologists and career development experts at Canada Career Counselling and published by the CERIC, the goal of this guidebook is to help working mothers and organizations to collaboratively realize their full potential.
Sharon Ferriss is the Director, Marketing, Web & New Media with CERIC – the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling, where she provides leadership in the development of all communications strategies for CERIC’s network of projects and programs.