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Brisbane Mum Re-Entering the Workforce Explains How ‘CareerSmart Mums’ Workshop Gave Clarity, Confidence and Direction towards a Career with Flexible Work Arrangements

Thinking about getting back to work made stay-at-home mum, Lee Martin feel apprehensive, until she attended a specifically designed workshop for mothers re-entering the workforce.

Queensland, Australia – WEBWIRE

It can be difficult for mothers to find jobs during school hours, when Australia’s workforce model is based around the outdated idea that the man is the breadwinner, and the woman stays at home.

It’s not uncommon for mothers to feel overwhelmed, anxious and unconfident about returning to the work force, especially if they’ve chosen to stay at home with their children for a significant period of time. According to Forbes, getting back to work has also become difficult with the rapid and radical changes to technology,* and with a distinct lack of flexible work arrangements in the Australian working model to cater to mums with school aged children, it’s no wonder that women are finding getting back to work challenging.
Three years ago, Lee Martin was feeling apprehensive about re-entering the workforce after leaving her profession ten years earlier to start a family. Like many other mothers, Lee had to place restrictions on her career because of her choice to stay at home with the children. She felt disconnected from the work place, and confused about which path to take in order to resume her career.
“I needed to make a decision; stay with what I know or work towards something new,” says Lee.
With an open mind and a thirst for information on how to find the right career for her and her family, Lee signed up to attend Career Vitality’s ‘CareerSmart Mums’ workshop, conducted by the principal consultant Donna Thistlethwaite. After completing the program, Lee found a new direction and passion to start her own business.
“Donna’s open learning style workshop gave me the opportunity to test my thinking in a positive environment with like-minded ladies, and my confidence grew by participating in the program,” says Lee. “Each module guided me through the steps I needed to take, and I had ongoing support and encouragement from Donna and my classmates.”
Career Vitality’s principal consultant, Donna Thistlethwaite says she’s proud of the success and clarity that Lee was able to achieve after attending a CareerSmart Mums workshop. “I was very excited for Lee, because she was creating a life that she wanted for herself and her family. She’s so passionate about what she does,” says Donna. “Lee was able to recognise that there were restrictions on her career because of her choice to stay at home with the children, but those restrictions were only temporary; the child rearing years weren’t forever.”
Lee now runs her own personal stylist business, Forever Styling by Lee Martin. The workshop created space for Lee to embark on a new journey, and it ultimately changed her life. It gave her what she needed and showed her the steps to take in order to bring her vision to life.
“It can be difficult for mothers to find jobs during school hours, when Australia’s workforce model is based around the outdated idea that the man is the breadwinner, and the woman stays at home,” says Donna. “Part time jobs working from home or positions with flexible work arrangements can both be ideal for mothers re-entering the workforce; mums just need to know where to find them.”
Lee attributes her career clarity to Donna’s workshop, CareerSmart Mums, and urges women feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of getting back to work to contact Donna Thistlethwaite. “If re-entering the workforce seems a little too overwhelming to you, I highly recommend you to take a positive step forward with Career Vitality, and call Donna,” says Lee.
To find out more about re-entering the workforce with the support from a CareerSmart Mums workshop, visit
About Career Vitality
Career Vitality helps people find a career they love, and are passionate about. Principal consultant and company founder, Donna Thistlethwaite is a committed career changer, lifelong learner and redundancy survivor, and lives to help clients find their purpose and zest for their career.
Vitality, integrity, tenacity and positivity are the strengths that have been a key part of Donna’s career success and are attributes she brings to the table when working with clients.
Donna has worked across both private and public sector organisations over a career spanning almost 30 years, 15 years of which were in human resource management, shaping and guiding the careers of employees. Having interviewed thousands of candidates Donna has an understanding of what employers look for and how candidates can maximise their success in the job market. Her contributions have played a critical role in the success of a large number of technical employees transitioning to leadership positions and managers becoming more effective leaders.
With a caring, easy going, nature and a guarantee that she will always be true to her word, Donna is the perfect choice for individuals or organisations considering career services.

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