I am no expert Heather, but Yes I think it most certainly would.
Best tho is to belive in yourself. What are you good at? you may not think it is much, but to someone who can't do those skills it could be a lifesaver!
I started out, after the school runs as going back to school to get an Education (Idid not have anything at all) Then I cleaned my friends houses.
I know if you have children and even if you don't, offering to help in school is also good experiance and you can be offered a legitimate job, because of the volentary work you have put in. Charity shops are good for this too. Then they pay for you to train too, sometimes. I know schools definatly do, cos thats what I do now!
You are amazing. There is only one Heather in the whole world! AND your an editor of Chinese Culture in a mag read by 2 million! thats awesome!