With divorce rates among couples over the age of 50 on the rise, more and more “stay-at-home” spouses find themselves looking for work later in life. Although educated, many have been out of the workforce for 10, 20, or even 30 years.
Some of the challenges to returning to the workforce for these women are logistical. They might need additional schooling or training. Whatever certifications they had could have lapsed, in which case they’ll need coursework and recertification to return to their field and career. In some cases, returning to the workforce could involve a complete career change.
Beyond the job-related issues, it’s the emotional hurdles that seem to hold many women back from returning to a career. For example, some parents have a hard time coming to terms with the change in their role, according to Tanvi Gupta, a licensed counselor and owner of Her Calm Counseling, LLC. She points out that leaving children in daycare for the first time or feeling out of place in the workforce can erode confidence and instill fear that can make it hard to advance in their careers.
Gupta offers the following tips for returning to work after being out of the workforce for a significant amount of time:
- Via Character Institute: https://www.viacharacter.org/reports
- SparkType Assessment: https://sparketype.com/sparketest/
- Clifton Strength Finder Assessment: https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/252137/home.aspx
Divorce can derail even the soundest of financial plans. It is imperative for a woman returning to the workforce to understand the financial challenges she faces as she moves forward, including how much she needs to earn and how long she needs to work to ensure a comfortable retirement. A Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® is trained to help you develop appropriate answers to those questions.
Not only should you engage a professional to evaluate your Marital Settlement Agreement for equitability before signing, it is critical to ensure that the terms of your Agreement are viable and executable after signing. In fact, there is considerable work to be done once the divorce is final: ensuring assets are titled correctly, potential risks are assessed, investments are appropriate for your new lifestyle, and that there will be enough income generated and money to add to those assets to protect your financial future.
One more tip for the newly divorced woman returning to the workforce: Work with a fee-based financial advisor, a professional who is compensated more by growing your assets than engaging in transactions, who has your best interests in mind, who will help you build your new identity and invest in your new future.
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