How to come back after a long maternity leave?

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Hello @mahiabdelbarYour post definitely shows that you are passionate about your field and since you are I am sure you will go to all lengths and that's why I believe you will get what you are looking for, don't worry!It seems you love Engineering + Research and becoming a Professor is something you are aspiring for. After my Masters in CS, I have worked in companies and so I am not sure about ways to get into becoming a Professor easily, but the following ways come to my mind :a) Can you meet some professors in your city in person? If you can that will set your stage with the Prof, he/she will understand your situation and can help you get into their university or help you network.b) Look for events (seminars/conferences) both online and in-person and visit them. Maybe you find some connection. Check university websites for events and sometimes universities also post events on Write a nice write-up about yourself, your work, and email them to professors. Don't write a too-long email, and make sure you have some links to your work (and Linkedin profile link). d) Definitely polish your LinkedIn profile if it's not. Also, make sure you mark yourself 'Open to work on it' on it. There are other websites too like AngelList if you want to go into the startup space.e) Look for job posts on university websites. If you like the opportunity just apply for it! :) If you have some friends who are already working as Professors ask them if they can suggest some ways to get jobs, they might have some secret sauce for you :)f) Companies are helping people in getting back to work. I recently saw someone posted this: are you on It's a nice way to connect with other folks in your city online or in person. Lastly, I hope you dance and thrive through this uncertainity Keep fighting! :) I wish you success and I am sure you will rock!
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Thank you for sharing your story! For those in a similar position to @mahiabdelbar: Hi! I'm Rachel Serwetz, an ICF-certified career coach. My background is at Goldman Sachs & Bridgewater Associates, before moving into the career space to systematize my novel career exploration and job search methods and tools.My mission in life is to ensure people feel supported in making these critical, impactful career decisions. These decisions can feel stressful and tough, but with the right support (which you deserve), you can feel relieved, excited and confident in your next steps. I have been coaching hundreds of professionals for over 8 years and have developed unique processes and frameworks so that you can confidently clarify your ideal career direction and efficiently job search to land a role you feel fulfilled by. Happy to chat directly and see how I can help! Best,
First of all, congratulations on getting through a stressful time. My mum had her children in her 40s and was away from the workforce for 17 years, if that helps. Here’s my perspective as a hiring manager. You do not have to say anything about the gap, on either your resume or in your cover letter. If someone asks, you can respond exactly as you did above: “I got pregnant in 2018, and decided to take time off after my daughter was born. She’s in early education, and now I’m back.” That’s it. Any manager at a place that would welcome you will understand. I definitely would. A manager that wouldn’t is not someone you would want to work for. Many schools have women faculty with small children, so I don’t think your job search will be that hard.