Relaunch Readiness Quiz

We developed the Relaunch Readiness Quiz as a way of helping you quantify the relaunch decision-making process. Go ahead and take it now to assess your appetite and logistical ability to relaunch. Then read the scoring and interpretation for each section.


Part I. Appetite for Work

1. I miss working
2. For the time being, I am very happy at home full time.
3. I have a hobby or volunteer work that substantively engages me.
4. I could see myself going back to work...
5. The average number of hours per week that I would be willing and able to spend working is...
6. Our family could materially benefit from my earning money

This is your score for Part I: 0

Interpretation of Scoring for Part I
If you score 50 or above, you have a strong desire to relaunch. Even if your scores for Part II and III are low, you may wish to explore childcare options to enable you to get back to work in some fashion.

If your score falls between 30 and 50 you currently have a moderate appetite for work. Combined with a high score in Part II and III, you may decide to give it a go.

If you score less than 30 you’re not very motivated to return to work at this time. Consider investing more time in your hobbies and volunteer work, particularly ones that might open up career options for you later.

 

Part II. Child and Eldercare Responsibilities

7. Number of children not yet in school
8. Number of children in preschool
9. Number of children in elementary and/or middle school
10. Number of children in high school
11. Average number of hours per week I spend between 8 am and 6 pm on weekdays in the care of or related to the care of my children and/or an elderly or ill relative:

This is your score for Part II: 0

Interpretation of Scoring for Part II
If you score 40 or above, you definitely have time to explore relaunching your career. Couple this with a high score in Part I and you’re raring to go.

If you score between 30 and 40 you have reasonably demanding family obligations. If you score high in Part I and III, however, you have the motivation and support for a successful relaunch. A high score in Part I and a low score in Part III will make it more difficult, but nothing’s impossible.

If you score below 30 you have a lot going on in your household. If you score high on Part I and III, however, don’t be discouraged. If you’re willing to explore childcare options for part of the week, you can still relaunch. This will most likely be necessary if you score low on Part III.

 

Part III. Spousal and/or Other Family Support

12. My spouse has some schedule flexibility, or I have access to additional unpaid help from a family member.
13. My spouse, or other family members who help me, is/are supportive of my going back to work.
14. My spouse, or another adult family member is/would be available to help me an average of ____ hours per week between 8 am and 6 pm during the week with childcare or eldercare related tasks.

This is your score for Part III: 0

Interpretation of Scoring for Part III
If you score 20 or above, you have strong spousal or other family support for a relaunch. Couple this with a high score in Part I and you’re off to a strong start, regardless of your score in Part II.

If you score between 15 and 19, you have a reasonable amount of support for a relaunch. Coupled with a high score in Part I and II your challenge is manageable. If you have a low score in Part II, you may need to engage outside childcare resources in order to relaunch.

If you score less than 15, you’re not getting much spousal or other familial support for a transition back to work. However, if you scored high in Part I and II, you may not need that much support to pull it off. If you scored low in Part II, you’ll almost certainly need to engage outside resources to help you with your childcare responsibilities. And you should continue to revisit the relaunch issue with your husband or other close family members to see if you can garner more support.

 

©2011, Carol Fishman Cohen & Vivian Steir Rabin at www.iRelaunch.com.
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