Career Counseling for Stay at Home Moms

Updated on February 02, 2010
A.R. asks from Bridgeview, IL
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I am in need of Career advice. I have been a stay-at-home-mom for 5 years and I feel that I need to get up to date with my career (Administrative Assistant). I don't know if I need to go back to school or just try to get a job with a 5 year gap in my resume. (So far no good jobs for me). I have an associate degree and several years of experience.

I would like to go back to school and take some classes or even start a new career, but everything is so expensive now that I couldn't afford paying for college again. What to do?

Any advice will be appreciated!

Thanks ladies. :-)

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answers from Chicago on

Dear Alina,

Have you thought about going and asking a company do do a intern ship so that you can get back into the swing of things. You won't get paid as much as a non intern shiip job. But a lot of place are willing to work with people. Other wise you can meet with a counsler at a local college and tell them what you told us and they can guide you to the right direction.

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June 9th, 2008
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answers from Chicago on

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answers from Chicago on

Have you looked into a reputable temp agency?
Where I work, and a few other places that I know of have filled permanent, full-time positions with people that came in as Temps.
To me, you get a feel for the office/company, and the company gets to see if you will fit with them.
Also, if you think you need some skill updating, check your local community college and see if they have any courses or workshops that may fit your need. I took a single class on web design (Dreamweaver) that really helped fill in some skill gaps I had without committing to a whole degree or courseload.
Good luck,



answers from Chicago on


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answers from Chicago on

Hi Alina ,
I am stay at home mom as well . Right now I do daycare part time to help out with money . It sounds like you want to update yourself and your skills . You have two choices - either get a job that gives you the ability to be reimbursed for college courses or find something you can do part time to help pay for it yourself .

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answers from Chicago on

How old are the children? Daycare is a huge expense. Want to start your own stay at home business, be your own boss?
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answers from Chicago on


If you have an Associate's and experience, there are plenty of jobs in the area for an admin. asst., and they should pay pretty well for experience. If your computer skills are up-to-date, then I don't think it is necessary for additional classes or training. Your experience will come in handy. You should be able to have your Career Services office where you earned your degree review your resume. I worked full-time as a Career Advisor at a university until last year and we did that for alumni.

If you have any specific questions about your resume, just let me know and I'll try to help.



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