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Why career breaks hit your confidence so hard

bbc.com

Career Breaks Shake Our Confidence

  • More than one-third of people who have taken a break from work experience a shake-up in their confidence levels when they return.
  • This feeling is more pronounced in women who are prone to long career breaks due to childcare responsibilities.
  • Due to the pandemic, which has...

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Being away from work(for many months or years) takes its toll on the confidence levels as we are out of practice and feel out of touch with our ‘work’ self. There may be new rules, laws and ways of doing things that are not known to us yet.

There can be insecurities related to younger emplo...

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We can forget the workplace in a long break, and start to doubt ourselves, feeling incompetent and insecure. It is crucial to get our groove back, even if by reminding ourselves of our past accomplishments, quality of work, and other positive thoughts.

Revisiting the past successes can help...

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The year of ‘no work’ may have been challenging and there may have been certain skills that we used to cope up with the new problems, like discipline, time management and daily planning.

We must identify these skills and understand that we may have become better at many things and...

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  • The recruiting department can find out any discrimination against employees who have had an irregular career path, and they need to be sensitized about the same.
  • Job descriptions have 50 different, unrealistic requirements and many prospective candidates, especially women, do not eve...

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