Melissa Bruce

Children: 2

Industry: Manufacturing

How would you best describe yourself?

Crazy organised and a minimalist

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

I was a “mature” Mumma as I worked so hard to get degrees especially my MBA which I completed with 4 exams with a 6 week old!!! I have three degrees but none have been as fulfilling as being a mumma! They have helped shaped who I am and my boys love to hear about my studies and they love to study to and do their homework to be like Mumma! Work has been incredible! This is what surprised me the most was how understanding work was with the fact that I had to multitask. I’ve learnt that your career doesn’t have to take a back step to being a parent! Most of your colleagues are parents or uncles or aunties! They understand! Give what you can when you can. Be a team player. But it’s absolutely ok to say no when it just doesn’t work!

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

There’s never a right time and there’s never a normal! Every day is different and every child is different! Be gentle on yourself and just allow yourself to enjoy. If today doesn’t work, tomorrow is a new day. There’s always someone who will pass judgement but there’s equally someone who will be your rock!! Find your rocks

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

Living away from family! It’s hard but it’s rewarding. It brings you closer as a couple and a family. You’ve got no one to rely on but each other. You spend your weekends together and the bond you form is hard to break.

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

I do three slow cooker meals a week, try and work from home on a Friday so I can juggle emails, teleconferencing with washing and house cleaning so that we can have a family weekend together!!! Friday’s are take away so we can just enjoy some done time!!!