I'm trying to go back to work after a long break, not for children, but maybe it's not too different. I really just need some very practical advice about what kind of sectors I have a hope of getting into at the moment. Has anyone had careers counselling in this situation and was it at all helpful?
I did after being made redundant. It was a service that the local further-education college offered and that I found out about via the Job Centre.
I found it very useful as it helped me to clarify what other areas I'm interested in that I could potentially train towards being able to take on as a career. It also helped me to be clear about what kind of work/life balance I needed.
As it turned out I ended up back in the same industry that I was made redundant from but with a markedly better work/life balance. The pay isn't as good but the lower stress is more than worth it.