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Be Your Own Career Coach by Rus Slater

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CHAPTER 7

Family as a career

Here is the controversial chapter; is being a parent actually a career? Is being a housewife/househusband or a mother or father actually a ‘job’?

Evidence suggests that many people see this role as a non-job, of little relevance to the world of work.

CASE STUDY

I have recently started looking for a job after five years out of the workforce. Here are some of the responses I have been getting …

  1. You haven’t been working for five years
  2. Your experience are (sic) not updated
  3. Wow! Lucky you! Staying home!!

http://www.wifeadvice.com/2008/02/the-housewife-job-description/

Note that even the author of the comment refers to it as five years ‘out of the workforce’. We almost all refer to a woman taking a ‘career-break’ ...

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