The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released the results of a long-term study of how having children affected women’s and men’s participation in the labor force. Not surprisingly, the research revealed that women born between 1980 and 1984 were more likely to return to the workforce within a year of giving birth, versus women born between 1957 and 1964.
With more women working throughout their adult years, men have taken on a more active role in the household, but that’s not to say that an equal number have opted to be stay-at-home dads. It simply means that there are more dual-income families with young children than in decades past.
If you’re a female job seeker, that means there are a lot of working moms out there, and companies are less likely to hold your gender against you in the job hunt. Unfortunately, there are some “glass ceiling” issues that still exist, and taking time off from your career can be like pressing a pause button on your income growth. That being said, here are factors to consider when looking to re-enter the job force after having children, or seeking employment at the same time you’re trying to conceive a baby:Continue Reading