In my 20s, I left a corporate job to go back to school. Five years later, as a grad student, I needed a day job and tried to return to corporate life. But it turned out five years was a very long time, business-wise. I didn’t get the job even though I was completely qualified.
Parents returning to the workplace after time off with the kids often find themselves facing similar closed doors. I see it happening to friends all the time. After taking time off to raise kids, they don’t seem quite as fresh-faced or on-their-game as other candidates. And having a kid who might require time off for doctor’s appointments, or might make them less excited to work late or on the weekends, seems like a liability to employers. Read more