Book Description

Have the career you want—without putting your family last.

Setting and achieving professional goals are complicated when you’re managing a career and a family. How do you get ahead when sometimes it's a struggle just to get through the day?

Managing Your Career provides the expert advice and practical solutions you need to help you find a way forward, whether you're taking time off, staying steady, reentering the workforce, or looking to advance.

You'll learn to:

  • Define what a meaningful career means to you
  • Set individual and family goals—and make progress on them
  • Explore company benefits that support your career and your role as caregiver
  • Focus your limited time for professional development
  • Build support systems to get you through

The HBR Working Parents Series provides support as you anticipate challenges, learn how to advocate for yourself more effectively, juggle your impossible schedule, and find fulfillment at home and at work. Whether you're up with a newborn or planning the future with your teen, you'll find the practical tips, strategies, and research you need to make working parenthood work for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction: The Same, but Completely Different
  6. Section 1: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Take Stock and Set Your Vision
    1. 1. How to Build a Meaningful Career
    2. 2. Work + Home + Community + Self
  7. Section 2: Be All Ears: Get Feedback
    1. 3. Get the Feedback You Need
    2. 4. The Family 360 Review
  8. Section 3: Choose Your Own Adventure: Set Goals and Make Career Choices
    1. 5. Increase the Odds of Achieving Your Goals by Setting Them with Your Family
    2. 6. Flex Work, Part-Time, and Laterals, Oh My!
    3. 7. Winning Support for Flexible Work
    4. 8. Make Part-Time Work for You
    5. 9. How to Decide Whether to Relocate for a Job
  9. Section 4: Without GPS: Navigate on and off the Career Ramp
    1. 10. When You’re Leaving Your Job Because of Your Kids
    2. 11. Ramp Up Your Career After Parental Leave
  10. Section 5: All in the Family: Manage Relationships
    1. 12. Bring All of Your Identities to Work
    2. 13. How Dual-Career Couples Make It Work
    3. 14. Being a Two-Career Couple Requires a Long-Term Plan
    4. 15. A Guide to Balancing Eldercare and Career
  11. Section 6: Don’t Go It Alone: Get Support
    1. 16. Working Parents Need a “Parenting Posse”
    2. 17. Create Your Own Personal Board of Directors
    3. 18. Making Time for Networking as a Working Parent
  12. Epilogue: To Infinity, and Beyond!
    1. 19. What I Learned About Working Parenthood After My Kids Grew Up
  13. Notes
  14. About the Contributors
  15. Index