Making a Career Transition- Interview with Teresa Dumadag

Being a mom in itself is hard, but combining that with all of the other responsibilities we have going on in our lives? It is a miracle that more women don’t run themselves ragged trying to maintain the work-home life balance. Then, try to throw in a career transition!

As a working mom myself, I have struggled the past year and a half to create my own balance. On top of that, I made a huge career change upon returning from my post-natal leave. I took a chance and changed companies and positions rather than returning to the work I knew.

While it has been one of the best career decisions I have made in my life, it was not the easiest road.

Author Teresa DumadagOne woman that has also been through this situation is author Teresa Dumadag. I decided to get in contact to interview her, and talk about her new e-book she has coming out on April 18th, From Career Woman to SAHM, WAHM then Businessmom.

 

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get to where you are today?

My own life and career transitions inspired me to write this book. I was a career woman for many years until I got married. Then, I left my high-paying job to become a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) to prioritize building a family. I was pregnant with our firstborn when I became a SAHM. When my eldest was already a toddler, I became a work-at-home mom (WAHM) by accepting freelance writing and editing jobs, blogging and human resource projects that I can do online. As my firstborn grew older, I accepted HR projects from corporate clients like whole day and out-of-town workshops more frequently.

Whenever I become pregnant and give birth (like when I had my second and third child), I focus more on my duties as a breastfeeding and homeschooling mom. When my baby starts eating solid food at 6 months or older, I take on more work again that I can do from home and I accept speaking engagements that last only for a few hours or half a day and within Metro Manila. When my kids become toddlers, I begin accepting whole day and out-of-town workshops again.

Eventually, I started my own website where I sell my books, online courses and other products while I continue to do my consulting business.

 

From Career Woman to SAHM, WAHM, then Businessmom -- Lessons from my career transitionWhat inspired you to write this book?

I wrote this book because I want to help mothers who are going through career transitions or mothers who are considering to make career transitions but do not have the courage to leave their jobs or do not know how to make a career change successfully.

I want to tell them that they do not need to feel trapped in their jobs.

I also want to inspire and encourage moms who want to start their own businesses. I want to tell them that it’s possible to set-up your own business while raising a family.

It’s my way of paying it forward. One of my mentors, Bo Sanchez, said that after we have become successful, we should now strive for significance. That is helping others to become successful like us.

I’m also doing a book promotion on April 18-19 so I can help more mothers through this book. From Career Woman to SAHM, WAHM then Businessmom can be downloaded free of cost on Amazon during these days.

 

What’s sets this book apart from other books that talk about career transitions or career changes?

What sets this book apart from other books on career is that it includes a spiritual perspective. I encourage people to go through career discernment when considering any career changes. Most books just discuss the practical and financial aspects. But because I am a Christian and a Catholic, I shared that I went through career discernment. I also shared how God has guided me in my decisions and how He has been instrumental to my successes and achievements. I shared some of the Bible verses that inspired me in my discernment.

 

How will the topics that you discuss in this book help mothers?

This book can help mothers by giving them inspiration and practical tips. In this book, I shared the lessons I have learned in my own journey. I also shared practical tips that they can use. I give a lot of encouragement to mothers in this book through stories as well as quotations.

Through the lessons and tips that I shared, mothers could be spared from costly mistakes, heartaches or wasted resources. This book can guide them and prevent them from going through trial and error because the lessons and tips I share can serve as their compass.

 

Did you have any challenges when writing this book?

My main challenge was to finish it amid my busyness as a mom of three active boys whom I homeschool. I also breastfeed my youngest. I do not have a maid or helper at home. I needed to creatively find time to work on this book project without losing sight of my priority, which is my family.

 

Do you have any advice on career transitions that you would like to share with our readers?Career Transition - Interview with Businessmom Teresa Dumadag

  • Give yourself permission to change the course of your life and to steer it to the direction of your dreams. Don’t assume the victim mentality. You have the power to effect change in your life.
  • It’s never too late or too early to make a career change or career transition.
  • Believe in yourself and in your abilities. Don’t let the negative words or disapproval of other people discourage you.

 

What do you think are important traits for mothers wanting to make a career transition?

Faith, courage and perseverance.

First, we need to have faith in God, ourselves and our abilities.

I love this verse from 1 Corinthians 2:9: “What no one ever saw or heard, what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God prepared for those who love him.”

Another verse that inspired and encouraged me was Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future full of hope.”

Second, we need to have the courage to act on our dreams and step out of our comfort zone into our courage zone. We need courage to try new things or do things differently, to think out of the box.

Last but not least, we need perseverance to keep on keeping on even when we are not yet reaping the fruits of our labor or we do not receive the recognition that we want to get. We will have our own time to shine if we don’t give up.

 

Have you written any books prior to this one?

The first book I authored was When My Bridegroom Comes. I was still single and unattached at that time. Then, I wrote How to Have the Wedding of Your Dreams. It’s another eBook. This was followed by BREASTFEEDING: A Journey Worth Taking, which became the #1 Amazon bestselling book on motherhood and childcare during its launch. It’s available both in print and eBook version. My fourth book was a children’s book titled Mommy Loves You Just the Same. It was also my first children’s book.

 

What would be your top advice for aspiring “businessmoms”?

Start small but don’t be afraid to dream big. We make a lot of mistakes when we are new in business. We are still learning. When we start small, we also make small mistakes.

However, don’t be afraid to dream big for your business. Remember that many big businesses also started as small businesses. Their years of hard work eventually paid off. That can also happen to you. But first, you need to believe and see that as a possibility.

 

Are you working on any other parenting or children’s books?

Yes. I’m working on my upcoming book How to Be a Hands-On Parent while Earning also. This is my follow-up book to From Career Woman to SAHM, WAHM then Businessmom.

I also have another children’s book that’s upcoming. The title of that book is Maliit Na Ang Palda ni Isay. It teaches kids to reuse and recycle and to value their education.

 

Finally, we have to ask, do you have a Snuggleosophy™ of your own?

A hands-on parent is not a perfect parent. In truth, a hands-on parent may make more mistakes in dealing with her child because she is present to her child most of the time. The advantage of being a hands-on parent is that you get more opportunities to learn from your mistakes and make up for them as you get to know your child and yourself better.
There is no single best way to parent a child. I believe that the best parenting style is what brings out the best in both the child and the parent.

 

You can follow and get in touch with Teresa Dumadag
Twitter , Facebook, Instagram.
You can also purchase and download her new book,
From Career Woman to SAHM, WAHM, then Businessmom
on Amazon now.

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this interview are those of the author indicated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Snuggleosophy or its staff.

We were not compensated for this interview, nor have we read the e-book mentioned above.

I also want to say that the above article contains links from the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. 

Caitlin is the managing director of Snuggleosophy and the mother of 1-1/2 year old Amanda. She has lived as an expat in Santiago, Chile for the past 7 years and speaks English and Spanish fluently. She loves to promote reading for children starting from birth as well as multilingual and multicultural parenting. For her day job, she is a pricing and transportation analyst for international freight.

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