Empty Nesters? 4 Ways To Network Back Into the Workforce

If you have spent the last decade or two raising your children or grandchildren, it is time to applaud your efforts. It is an extremely rewarding process, and you should feel proud of your accomplishments. <3




At the same time, you may now be ready to get out of the house and back into the workforce. There are some ways to do that effectively, helping to bring fulfillment back to your home during this empty nest period.


Keep reading to learn about four ways to network yourself back into the workforce


Evaluate Your Skills

This is the time for you to be honest with yourself. If you have not worked for two decades, your skills might be a bit outdated. That is ok. Look for what you are good at, taking it account what you have learned while being a parent/grandparent, and attempt to mold that into a job that fits your abilities and interests.

Refresh Your Interviewing Skills

Part of getting a job today still involves a series of interviews. This can be quite the intimidating process if you have not been on such an interview in more than 20 years. Do not despair. You simply need to practice. There are some great sites online that will provide you with the types of questions that employers ask today.

Get comfortable with the process and you will make a great first impression when you meet with a prospective employer.

Consider Becoming a Property and Casualty Insurance Agent

Many people have a real estate background. If that is you, consider becoming a property and casualty insurance agent. You will find that the real estate industry has remained relatively the same through the years in terms of how business is conducted. Finding the right insurance network is important.

This is a great way to get back out into the community, meet with people, and help provide them with the insurance coverage that they need.

Brush Up On Technology

If you haven’t noticed, technology has changed quite a bit since you began raising your children. If many of the advances made in society have passed you by, now is the time to go back and learn.

Do not be afraid to embrace technology, as almost every job today relies upon it. This will help you get the job that you really want. These are four ways that you can effectively get back into the workforce.


There is a job out there for you, so now is the time to prepare yourself to go and get it


While you may not have worked for quite some time, you have marketable skills that an employer wants. Be confident and begin the job search process today.

Thank you for reading! Care to share any additional ideas for getting back into the workforce? I’d love to hear from you! =)

Featured Grandmother & Interview- Darlene Demell

I have featured Darlene as the first “Featured Grandmother” along with her interview simply because I like what she has to offer my blog. 🙂 I love her “motivations” posts that she offers along with her recipes, and also her various posts throughout the site. And not to mention her comments.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all my guest authors, but we have to start somewhere with the “Featured Grandmother” and “Featured Interview.”

My other bloggers will get their spot light of course. 🙂

Interview With Darlene

Tammy: How many children do you have?

Darlene: I have three sons, Kevin, Chad and CJ.

Tammy: How many grandchildren do you have?

Darlene: I have 6 grandsons and one grandaughter.

Tammy: Why did you decide to work from home?

Darlene: My best friend had been after me for years to get into Watkins and I kept saying no I didn’t want another business. I was already with one for over 20 years then and wasn’t interested in another one. Then one day I saw her bonus check and seeing I grew up on the products and Watkins had so much more to offer now, I talked it over with hubby and we decided to go with it. That was 10 years ago and I am still with Watkins.

Tammy: What kind of online business do you operate?

Darlene: I am a Watkins Associate and work my business online and offline.

Tammy: Describe your experience with being a grandmother.

Darlene: Being a grandmother is the most rewarding gift a woman can have next to being a mother. The grandchildren keep me young, they put smiles on my face every single day and they make me laugh. I get on the floor with the 3 and 2 year olds and wrestle around and they love it when they think they are getting the best of me. (Sometimes they do too). lol

My grandaughter loves to comb my hair all the time and she is a real
little lady. Our older grandchildren are huge helps to us. One comes and
cuts our grass, helps hubby with whatever and is very good to us. He just
turned 15. All of our grandchildren make me happy and very proud

Tammy: What advice can you give to new grandmothers?

Darlene: Well I can tell new grandmothers to remember that you raised your family and now its time for your children to raise theirs. Everyone does things differently so if your children raise their family a little differently than how they were raised, don’t say a word. Unless its totally wrong, but otherwise, keep your distance. Its okay to offer advice but don’t be hurt is its not taken.

Also, enjoy every minute with your grandchildren while you can and grab all the hugs and kisses you can because it won’t be long and they will be “too old” for hugs and kisses. You blink your eyes and they grow up so enjoy them now. I have started keeping a diary of all the funny things my grandchildren say and when they are older I will give each one their own
litte book of memories.

Little More About Darlene: – About me, I don’t like to cook but love to bake. I don’t like heights, have never seen the ocean but would love to one day. I love to knit and crochet and do other crafts. I love meeting people, don’t like to party much, I am more a home body. I love my computer and all my friends who are in it. 🙂

Please come visit me and follow if you like





Thank you Tammy.

You are most welcome Darlene, and thank you very much for sharing a little bit of yourself with me, our readers, and fellow bloggers. I so appreciate all that you offer and bring to Grandma’s Home Blogger Place. Also looking forward to your future posts and experiences. 🙂

I just wanted to point out something here that only Darlene and I have in common…and that is our fondness of Elvis. You said you’ve never been to Graceland? Hmmm…maybe we can meet up sometime in Memphis and go through it together! Would be a blast! 😀

Thank you again Darlene!