How do you feel about women re-entering the workforce after being out of it for years and expecting to be equal to those working for years?
I am a mid-career manager who has worked hard to balance full time employment, professional development and motherhood for nearly 20 years. During that time, many women I worked with left the workforce to focus on raising their children and now that the children are older they want to jump back in, in many cases at a similar level to where I am. More than a few connections have asked for references or introductions to help them secure senior management roles as they re-enter when they left the workforce as entry or associate level. A good friend of mine has complained loudly that she isn't getting call backs or offers for manager level roles and one recruiter told her flat out she isn't going to get that sort of role having been MIA from the job force for 15 years, too much has changed. She feels raising her children gave her the same type of experience she would have had if she had stayed in the business world. I just don't understand how you can leave the working world and expect to jump right back in not only where you left off, but at a level you would have achieved if you had stayed.
I haven't burned the candle at both ends for so many years balancing home and work to sit back and say "why yes you can have the same job I have even though you have been attending play dates and volunteering in the classroom" when I have done those things PLUS held a full time job.
I find these expectations unrealistic but when I express them, my friend told me I am the problem with women in the working world, we are too competitive or mean to each other.