Re-entering the workforce
Q: I’ve been out of the workforce for 20 years looking after my family. Now in my forties, I need to think about getting back into nursing. The trouble is, I’ve lost all confidence in myself. Things have changed so much in my profession, and I wonder how I’m going to keep up with the younger ones. Any advice?
A: It’s natural that you should feel nervous about rejoining the workforce after 20 years. However, you have much to offer in the way of wisdom and life experience. Don't underestimate these qualities. There will be a condensed training course you can take, which will bring you up to speed. You will find other mature people in the same position. Enquire at your local hospital for details.
Once you actually begin working again you will be amazed at how quickly you will regain your confidence. To boost it in advance of starting the work, I would suggest you read my book, Know your Strengths and Be Confident. Good luck to you. We need people like you.
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