Mums learn how to start a new career

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    FOURWAYS – Witkoppen Clinic hosted its monthly workshop for new mums.

    Most of us have an idea of what kind of career we want to be in. Beginning a brand-new career – especially if you’re a new mum – can be tough, but it all starts with a small step.

    Jobs usually don’t just fall into your lap, either. Nowadays, you have to make things happen, especially to get ahead in the working world.

    At a recent support session for mums held at Witkoppen Clinic, the topic of venturing into a new job or career came up – as well as the six things mums need to ask themselves before sending out that CV, namely:

    • Does this job suit my personality?

    • Do I have the skills? If not, how can I gain those skills?

    • Do I have any experience? If not, how can I get more exposure in that industry?

    • Do I have the finances – for travel to the workplace or to study to gain the skills needed?

    • What are my strengths and how can I use them to the highest advantage?

    • What are my weaknesses? Can they be overcome? If so, how?

    These support sessions not only aim to bring women together in a safe space where they can share their stories, opinions and advice, but they also aim to get the mums on a path to learning soft skills like how to build their confidence, set goals and, of course, how to choose a career path.

    Murray Booth, marketing executive at Cuddlers, expressed the importance of an initiative like this. “We have seen these wonderful women grow in confidence with each session. It has been great to be part of helping and uplifting these mothers,” Booth explained.

    But we want to make sure that they remain strong after leaving the sessions, and that is why providing them with important skills like choosing and planning a career path is so important.”

    Fhumulani Makhera, the social auxiliary worker at Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre, works very closely with mums from all walks of life. “Motherhood changes everything – your body, your lifestyle, and your priorities,” she said.

    “This support group allows the mothers to pause, regroup, share, and learn.”

    Support sessions are sponsored by Cuddlers, Witkoppen Clinic and the Fourways Review, under the banner of Caxton Cares. The support sessions take place bi-monthly on Thursdays. The next session will take place on 21 November this year at 10am at the Witkoppen Clinic, 105 William Nicol Drive, Fourways.

    Details: WhatsApp Fhumulani Makhera on 065 936 0559.

    Source: Fourways review