“This volume offers a fresh perspective in several areas; sections on changing careers and using volunteer jobs as a way of getting a new position are particularly insightful. Furthermore, the solutions are realistic…This is a solid guide that should appeal to mothers who can’t or don’t want to return to their previous careers.”
– Publishers Weekly
Women who left their careers to raise children–whether just for the toddler years or until the nest is empty–face employment, economic and emotional challenges when returning to work. How to explain that big black hole on the resume? How to find work with flexibility? Can they play with the big boys and girls again? Filled with upbeat, encouraging advice, “Going Back” offers a step-by-step game plan for comeback moms. The authors examine every aspect of the sometimes bumpy path to going back, from deciding what to do “when I grow up” to surviving in the high tech, multi-generational workplace. The book is based on a national survey of 1,000 women and dozens of personal interviews.
The authors found that the number one priority for comeback moms was flexibility, but that employers have yet to wholeheartedly embrace the concept. In their book, Quigley and Kaufman provide the essential tools for negotiating the work women want, and can discuss the hot button issues that arise when grappling with the decision to go back and then launching a comeback. The authors make the case that a comeback mom is the ideal employee: when given flex time, she’s loyal, she won’t take lunch, and she’ll get the work done in the time she has, because she can take care of her personal life outside of work. Comeback moms are reinventing work as we know it, and demonstrate that the second time around is often more rewarding for them as well as for their employers.