Women sometimes put their careers on hold or leave their job permanently when they have children because it aligns with family values or makes financial sense. Years go by and family dynamics change. Children grow up and gain independence. Your time is now your own. If you have been considering going to work or going back to work, here are 13 reasons why you need to work. I promise you will gain the motivation you need to take the next step.
Studies show that working longer leads to a longer life.
- Teaches time management skills. No time to lollygag. I am on a tight schedule so if I’m not up and out of the house between 5:00 – 5:15 to work out, it’s probably not going to happen for me. A full day will force you to be super efficient with your time. It may start with how you choose your outfit in the morning to meal preparation in the evening.
- Improves personal relationships. Working with different people and personalties will fine-tune your listening skills and improve your patience.
- Builds character. Character is who y0u are; it defines you and guides your actions. A woman with strong character shows energy, motivation and grit. Think of someone you know that radiates good energy. They possess great character.
- Helps you focus. Regardless of your line of work, your job will require focus. Some tasks will be very detail-oriented so multitasking may not be a wise move. I keep my cell faced down so I do not get distracted with texts and alerts.
I met my best friend at work.
- Meet new friends. I met my best friend at work. She was a law clerk and spelled my name wrong (Jonét …. I guess that’s reasonable, right?). I was a practice manager and invited her over for fajitas. We still laugh about that now 20+ years later. Chances are you will meet some really nice people.
- Learn new skills. Working will introduce you to new technology as well as boost your work ethic and confidence.
You can defer up to $18,000 a year into a 401(k) Plan.
- Participate in 401(k) Plan. If you don’t need the extra income for the household, you can defer 100% of your salary up to $18,000 a year (2017 limit). If you are 50 or older, you can contribute an extra $6,000. That’s some serious saving!
- Develops career path. Working may surprise you, you may actually enjoy it. Working can offer you purpose and clarity toward your future. People are working well into their 60’s and 70’s even if it’s part time.
Working creates opportunity.
- Offers adventure. Your job may entail speaking with prospective clients, marketing and out of town travel. You may have the chance to do something completely new.
- Improves communication skills. Working with leaders and peers regularly will help you develop your communication skills. Strong communication skills are essential in all aspects of your life. I see every conversation and meeting as a teachable moment.
I see every conversation & meeting as a teachable moment.
- Creates opportunity. Working creates opportunity to advance within your organization or think of it as a foundation for your next job.
- Enhances personal development. Working will present some difficult challenges that will put you out of your comfort zone. Look at it as a positive because this is when you grow. It’s scary, but also very exciting.
- Earn a paycheck. You are rewarded for your hard work with a paycheck. Working not only enhances who you are in so many ways; it also rewards your hard work. I love the feeling of independence that comes with receiving my own paycheck.
If you have been considering going to work or returning to work, it is never too late. Check out my free opt-in for an Executive LinkedIn Checklist. Get yourself out there because there is a big world waiting for you.