Kind of spin off from the thread about whether having a baby could ruin your career; just curious about people's experiences finding work generally after a long break? So not necessarily high flying career but also not completely mind numbing. I was so naive when I quit my job and moved to Australia. I didn't have an amazing career but there was great potential for progression and lots of flexibility - at my level at least. I just thought I'd take a couple of years off and pick something similar up here. I put my inability to do so down to the lack of similar roles. It's only in the last few years (it's been 8) that I'm recognising the uphill battle I face when I really need to start working -probably when ms2 goes to school.
Retraining doesn't phase me I'd love to study again but the nagging doubt that no matter what effort I put in I may never find a stimulating job again, really depresses me.