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Career Advice with Maggie: A Stay-At-Home Mom Hits a Career Crossroad

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Every other week, Maggie Mistal our radio channel's career consultant AND host of "Making a Living," will answer all your burning job and career related questions! To ask Maggie a question, email her at or ask your question in the comments section below. Also, tune in to her show, today at 4:00 pm ET.

Hi Maggie,

I've always enjoyed listening to your show on Martha Stewart Radio and find myself emailing you today for some advice. I'm currently a stay-at-home mom, a former full-time graphic designer. I'm at a crossroads as I've just completed a several year term as PTA President at my children's school. With that commitment finished I'm at a point where I need to decide what I want to "be" now. I still enjoy graphic design however am considering pursuing other fields that might be a better fit for where I am currently in life. Where do I start?

Mom @ Crossroads

Photo courtesy of The Stay at Home Mother.


Given that you are at a career crossroads, you'll benefit more from Soul Searching than Job Searching at this point. I find that when people aren't sure what they are looking for, they can get distracted by positions that don't really meet their needs or worse, end up shoe-horning themselves into jobs that aren't a good fit. The first step is to get clear on where you're going with your career. To do that, try answering one of my favorite self-reflection questions, "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? If you had all the time, money, resources, support, what would you do?" Write out your response and be open to even "crazy" ideas. You'll find within that answer, clues to what your ideal next career step can be. Follow your dreams!   - Maggie

Comments (1)

  • That question about what you'd do if failure wasn't an option is the exact question I use to direct my career forward.
    It allowed me to pursue writing a blog and I am more satisfied and engaged in my life and career than I ever thought I would. Good point.

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