Going Back to Work After a Divorce with Ruth Beltran

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Ruth Beltran

Going Back to Work After a Divorce


If you are reentering the workforce in the aftermath of divorce, it is likely that you feel overwhelmed and angry over what you’re giving up. You may not even be sure what you’re good at anymore or where your interests lie. Ruth Beltran contends that going back to work provides an opportunity to express who you are and contribute to the community, and she is on a mission to help people find their passion—and monetize it.

Ruth Beltran is a career counselor with 30-plus years of experience coaching professionals in transition. As a licensed Mental Health Counselor and Career & Executive Development professional, Ruth combines psychological insight with an extensive background as a Fortune 500 line executive and HR professional for major corporate career services programs. She earned her master’s in psychology from Fordham University and an MBA in Organizational Behavior from NYU.

Today, Ruth sits down with Katherine to share her passion for helping people understand the value of work as an avenue for self-expression. She explains why it’s difficult to sustain a commitment to work in the absence of interest and how to identify your skill set, even if you’ve been out of the workforce for an extended period. Ruth offers advice on balancing work and parenthood, addressing the inevitable tradeoffs and discussing how to prepare your kids to take on some of the household responsibilities. Listen in for Ruth’s insight around the negative connotation of the word ‘job’ and learn why it’s more useful to consider purposeful ‘work.’

Topics Covered

Ruth’s passion to help people understand the value of work

  • Avenue for self-expression
  • Contribute to community

Why it’s difficult to sustain commitment in the absence of interest

How to look inward to marry your interests, skills and values

How to identify your skills when you’ve been out of the workforce

The value in studying life experiences that were engaging to you

Ruth’s advice around balancing work and parenthood

How to prepare your kids to take on household responsibility

The origin of the word ‘job’ during the Industrial Revolution

  • Implies sacrifice, lack of control
  • ‘Work’ suggests purposeful expenditure of energy

Connect with Ruth Beltran

Ruth on YouTube

Call (914) 232-2830

Connect with Katherine Miller

The Center for Understanding Conflict

Miller Law Group

Katherine on LinkedIn

The New Yorker’s Guide to Collaborative Divorce by Katherine Miller

Email katherine@westchesterfamilylaw.com

Call (914) 738-7765