Aug 18, 2021
Conventional wisdom tells us that you cannot take a break from work to be a full-time mom and then go back and achieve your career goals. But what if conventional wisdom is wrong?
Linley Baker is the creator of Linfluence, a thought leadership platform that offers career coaching and courses for returning to work after a break. Linley was a successful actuary before she stepped away from her career to raise her six children. After 19 years, she returned to work and achieved her ultimate goal of becoming a full vice president in the insurance industry. Linley shares her story in the book Don’t Be Afraid to Do What You Really Want to Do: Reach All Your Life Dreams.
On this episode of Wickedly Smart Women, Linley joins Anjel to explain how her early interest in math inspired her career as an actuary and share the difficult decision to leave her job to parent full time. She describes what it was like to live and raise her children in five different countries and how she stayed connected to her career while she wasn’t working. Listen in for Linley’s insight on the overlap between what makes a good leader and what moms do every day and get her top strategies for returning to work after a break.
How Linley’s early interest in math inspired her career as an actuary
Linley’s difficult decision to leave her job to be a full-time parent
What it was like for Linley to live and raise her children in 5 different countries
Why Linley wants to share the story of achieving her career goals after a 19-year break
Linley’s top strategies for keeping current while you’re not working
The overlap between what makes a good leader and what moms do every day
Linley’s insight re: the trend toward alternative work arrangements
Some of the firms that encourage applicants after a career break
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