Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, April 20, 2016
These are great questions. But before we jump into that, please know, you are not alone. You checked the boxes for Career Planning and Job Searching. Good choices! Plan the career, make the road map so you know where to reorient yourself if it gets hard.
Ok, so here's what I would recommend. It's research time. Check out LinkedIn, check out the career pages of company's you are interested, follow the postings of people you think are in the field that you are suited for. Become an expert in you. Do you have leadership skills from being a stay at home parent? I'm going to guess you do. Do you have organizational skills managing your family? Probably a big yes on that one too. Are there educational programs that can get you up to speed on some of the baseline skill sets necessary for your chosen field? Programs in your community to help you get this kick started? Do everything you can to stand out as someone who is serious about their future and is doing the work to prepare for it.
Now...what are you interested in? Let people know about it! There is nothing better than an information interview with someone in the field you are going after. The pressure is off because it isn't a job interview, but you can ask questions about what they look for, learn more about the business and get comfortable in a setting you haven't been in before. Also, if people know you are looking, they are more likely to think of you if a job opportunity comes up. Maybe you didn't know your best friend's, aunt's, neighbor is the CFO of [INSERT THE NAME OF THE AWESOME COMPANY YOU WANT TO WORK FOR]. You will never know what you are fully capable of until you try it all. Your future is out there, and the thing is, it's coming and there's no stopping it! Way to be proactive and manage your own destiny. Best of luck to you!