The thing about walking away from your career is that you have to watch all those people that used to work for you overtake you on the ladder. Even the ones you thought were rubbish now seem to have “Director” in their title.
Don’t get me wrong, i was lucky enough to have some choice in my decision, but when you’ve worked a long time (in my case 10 years) to get to where you were you’ve got to expect to feel a twinge of resentment.
You still get those emails from recruitment consultants you used to know in your past life. “We’ve got the best job in the entire world just come onto our books, the one you would have bitten your right hand off for when you were still working”. You start to write a reply “do you think the employer would be prepared to offer some kind of flexibility for the right candidate? part time / job share / work from home?”. Ok maybe not. You think better of it and delete the email quickly.
It’s a difficult transition. I’ve still got my profile on LinkedIn. I’m not sure whether i’m supposed to amend my status (how much professional networking exposure does a “housewife” need? ), or take myself off altogether. Somehow that feels a bit too final. I’m not sure I’ve quite committed to that yet.