Becs Matthews

Children: 1 and pregnant with #2

Industry: HR

How would you best describe yourself?

Easy going, creative, loving, generous and care free

How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?

I have always been ambitious and work hard and take pride in what I do, and whilst I still hold that since becoming a mum I have truly understood what is important in life and have not budged on obtaining and maintaining a work-life balance. I will no longer put in the longer hours and instead feel so much more productive within the 8-4 pm time frame.

I feel I have learnt to show my worth at work in other ways.. quality over quantity

What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?

There is no right way or right time, trust yourself and you will be just fine.

What has been your biggest challenge so far across the stages of pregnancy / leave / returning to work?  How have you overcome this?

Returning to work. I felt so guilty and devastated that I couldn’t stay home and raise my boy at home forever. Now it’s the best thing we could have done!

Also the moment finding out I was pregnant again was full of many different emotions. I felt sad that my time again with just my son was dwindling away. I felt guilty again!

What strategies/initiatives do you use to help you manage the juggle of being a Working Mumma and family?

Set boundaries and stick to them. My days off are my days off. I will not work. My evenings are for me and my partner, again I will not work. Lastly, being open with my manager when I’m struggling or need time off, this communication has been so beneficial and allowed us to have a great working relationship. She is a mum herself and is very understanding so I’m lucky in that regard.