Don't deprive mums of opportunity to return to work

It is lamentable that women find it a huge challenge to re-enter the workforce ("Helping mums get back into workforce"; last Saturday).

Today's women are more educated and informed, and are aware of what is happening in the corporate world. Some are learning and upgrading their skills, even while at home raising a family.

So, they are not devoid of capability when it comes to restarting their careers after a few years away from the workplace.

For a woman desiring to be rehired, she should first study her own strengths and skills; it would help if she asks people who know her well for their opinions of what she is good at.

The same qualities that have served her well may be those that can give her a sense of career direction, and above all, confidence.

Many women for whom home and family had been a primary focus have managed to redirect their energy towards jobs and careers, discovering new talents and developing their capabilities.

Rather than doubting the adaptability and ability of women going back to work, employers should instead provide them with pathways to tap their experience and talents.

This is especially important, given our tight labour market.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 14, 2016, with the headline 'Don't deprive mums of opportunity to return to work'. Print Edition | Subscribe