Diana, a New York resident, is a 52-year-old married mother of 2 college students, who left a VP level internet marketing job eight years ago when her daughter developed a chronic illness. She is enthusiastic about returning to full time work, and contemplating her options, which include: a return to marketing, a venture into the non-profit world, another entrepreneurial enterprise, and a career change to a more creative sphere.
36-year-old Human Resource Manager at an Ohio based company that Working Mother Magazine has named one of the "100 Best Companies" for working mothers--a smart and savvy business professional who has 10+ years of HR and career development experience who can give you the real skinny on what employers look for in prospective employees. She's a single mother of 2 boys and an aspiring author who is currently writing her first fiction novel...
Jann, a 50-year-old mother of four grown children, was not quite finished with the sequencing phase (the stay home to raise her children phase) of her career when she was pushed back into the workforce by an unexpected divorce. She completed her Master's degree in December, moved to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and has tales to tell of her reawakened job search in this difficult economy.
When sitting across from prospective employers who aren't old enough to shave and never even heard of The Partridge Family, it's hard to convince them that a suburban 44-year old, nose-ring wearing mom has what they need. The trials and tribulations of an on-ramper.
A once overworked 38-year-old Arizona mother of one five-year-old and one long suffering spouse who downsized a successful HR career in favor of a slower-paced job that now allows time for family and writing a book. Thoughts on chasing money vs. craving balance.