The following is from the Sept. 11, 2007, edition of The Wall Street Journal. Dennis Grindle, director of the career-management center at SMU's Cox School of Business, was a source for this story.
By PERRI CAPELL
The Wall Street Journal
Q: What guidance can you give a mother with an M.B.A. in finance who wants to return to work after five years at home?
A: Before you approach networking contacts or employers, think through your priorities: How are you going to handle child care? What about days when you need backup care? "The onus is on you to make sure you have all that in control," says Eliza Shanley, co-founder of Women@Work Network LLC.
Unless you have stayed current in your field, it is probably unrealistic to expect to re-enter at the level you left, says Dennis Grindle, director of the career-management center at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business in Dallas. With a crop of fresh M.B.A.s available, employers may see you as overpriced.
You also have to decide whether you want a fast-track job that will let you start climbing the corporate ladder or a less stressful role that has more potential to provide balance.
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