In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ll be featuring a series of blogs dedicated to working mothers and their experience at Vanguard. In this blog, Stephanie H. shares about returning to work after being a stay-at-home mom for many years.
A Different Interview Experience
Before embarking on my career at Vanguard, I was a stay-at-home mom for more than 10 years. It was a bit of a bumpy ride trying to get back into the driver’s seat of my career. I struggled to update my resume. I found myself in interview waiting rooms with people who appeared to be half my age. My own well-meaning mother offered advice from a (thankfully) bygone era of women working in the financial sector, “Don’t share too much about the kids or what you have going on at home. They [your leaders] will not be interested, and you will put yourself at a disadvantage.” But the panel of men and women interviewing me for my role at Vanguard gave me a different impression. They actually asked me about my volunteer experience and the skills I had developed while supporting my daughter’s school and working with a non-profit. One of my interviewers was interested in hearing about two additional college classes I had completed when my youngest went to kindergarten. Another mom I know at Vanguard who left for several years to raise two children, described her experience upon returning to Vanguard, “They embraced my years at home, and all I was able to accomplish. They embraced what I was, and what I wanted to be now. There was no judgement… There was this element of ‘Welcome home, we’re glad you’re back. Where do you want to start?’ It was such a gift.”