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