When your career outlook changes after having children

26 October 2020, 10:56:50 am

It is normal for your career outlook to change when you become a mum

When your career outlook changes after having children

Has your career outlook changed since becoming a mum? ⠀

What/how/who you thought you might be is very different to how you feel in the weeks and months since giving birth.⠀

Well mumma, you aren't alone! ⠀

I don't have any stats on this, but I would have a guess and say it is pretty high. So, if your outlook and views on your life, career, family and values has changed since becoming a mum, then you aren't alone. ⠀

I don't have any stats on this, but I would have a guess and say it is pretty high. So, if your outlook and views on your life, career, family and values has changed since becoming a mum, then you aren't alone. ⠀

When we are pregnant, we are focused on the birth. This is also what people ask us about "what is your birth plan", but very few people ask you "what is your outlook and vision for being a mum?". Ironic when the focus is on birthing which can take probably up to 36 hours (geez I hope not!) but then the subsequent hours, days and weeks all seem like a blur and our whole perspective can change in an instant. ⠀

I know for me the identity shift was quick. I was no longer Carina, but instead I was a mum. It is the mental shift that I know shocked me initially and I don't think I was fully prepared for it. I knew I was going to become a mum (that was years to prepare), but my outlook and priorities changed more than I expected. ⠀

I've seen and spoken to women that had dreams and hopes of senior management positions or only taking a couple of months maternity leave to come back, only to really enjoy motherhood and their outlook and career changes path. One of these people is Yvette Sitters @managemywedding who I speak with on the podcast this week. She thought she wanted to be a GM in a hotel but she came to the realisation when her daughter was 6 weeks old that she didn't want to go and work for someone else. She didn't want to work for someone else and apply for leave to go to school assembly. So, Yvette followed her passion and created her own successful business around her family. ⠀

Everyone has a different experience and that is OK. Stay in your own lane mumma with your emotions on this topic. Do what is best for you and your family because that is what counts.⠀

Working Mumma

Working Mumma aims to provide real-world inspiration to all working mothers on how they can have a career, family and hopefully one day break the glass ceiling.