In college, some students take a “gap year.” It means that they didn’t take the standard path that their constituencies took. Ultimately, it is a resume builder, like studying abroad, and that student stands out to recruiters adding a point of interest in conversation.
As moms, our gap years are detrimental to our careers.
Many mothers take “gap years” to stay home with their children, and if they return to the workforce, they are penalized for that time they took “off” from work.
But those years have added experience to their skillset, just as a gap year has added experience to that student’s resume. Just because that time is not economically “productive” does not mean there isn’t value to it.
In fact, it’s the polar opposite.