I was recently made redundant as part of a large Covid lay-off at a company I’d been at for 10 years. The company is in a very niche industry where I have spent my career, over 15 years.
I held a senior creative position but found, since having children a few years ago, that the lack of flexibility and support for mothers in leadership roles gradually turned my job into an uphill struggle. The issues I encountered at my last company are common in this industry, which is notorious for having a stressful, male-centric culture. Deep down, I was relieved to be let go.
I now want to change direction and look for work in a similarly creative field, but one that is more female and family friendly. Ideally, in a small to medium sized company. I have many creative and leadership skills that are transferable, as well as interests that weren’t a part of my former career but which I would love to incorporate into a new career direction.
Have you successfully hired senior level employees from different sectors? What in their approach made those candidates succeed? How do you feel about being approached with a ‘what can I do for you’ inquiry? What is it about a mid-to-late career transition that would make you nervous? Any thoughts on the specific experiences of mothers changing careers to better fit with their family lives? Thanks FGB community!