Kylee Mather

Children: 2

Industry: Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

How would you best describe yourself?

Mum, wife, daughter, sister, friend! Living my best life one day at a time.

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

Working mums are the best employees. They know how to manage time & are kick ass employees. Unfortunately companies don't always recognise this. I'm lucky my current employee values me & my role - both as a mum & as an employee.

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

You can do both - don't be scared!

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

Pregnancy - proving yourself to your colleagues that you can still do the job well, even if you feel like crap. I just powered through...

Leave - taking a break from work - not necessarily your colleagues - but the job itself.

Returning to work - Managing time! Not so much during working hours - but logistics of collecting children, after school activities etc. Using your contacts & support system - you can't do it all on your own.

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

Using my time efficiently - when I'm at work - I'm at work

Home time - I try & focus my energies on my kids, family etc. Not having work emails on my phone as helped immensely.

Meal planning, utilising husband & friends/family with pick up/drop off