Laura Kingston, from Hythe, wants Leap Career Coaching to encourage more mums to return to paid work

by My Kent Family reporter

A-mum-of-two and career coach is hoping to help other mums find the confidence to return to work through her own new business venture.

Following a career-break to raise her own children, Laura Kingston felt the time was right to utilise her HR experience and coaching diploma to help others get back to work, or change career direction after years in the same role.

Mrs Kingston, from Hythe, founded Leap Career Coaching in 2018 and is hoping to inspire other parents back into the world of paid-employment.

Laura Kingston is encouraging mums to return to work after a career break
Laura Kingston is encouraging mums to return to work after a career break

She said: “The vast majority of my clients have lost confidence after being away from the workplace, or say they are 'stuck' in their current job as they feel they don't have the relevant experience to change roles.

"I love working with people to break down barriers and to help them realise that they have the ability to achieve their goals.”

She believes businesses have been missing out on talent by failing to provide the flexibility parents need to maintain their work and home life, but there has recently been a change.

Laura Kingston and her family (6338288)
Laura Kingston and her family (6338288)

The number of UK companies providing return to work schemes has increased by 70% in 2018. Furthermore, concepts such as 'agile' working are revolutionising the workplace.

The HR expert said: "Agile working is a top workplace trend that puts the emphasis on what we do, rather than where we go to work, increasing flexibility and enabling parents to work around their children, improving work-life balance.”

Mrs Kingston will be running a career workshop in Hythe on March 2. To learn more about her business and how you can seek help please click here.

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