Relationships and finding work-life balance
“Try to hang out with good people” was Susan’s advice, noting the importance of mentoring and having people around you that believe in you and that you trust. She cautioned against letting your career overtake your personal life: “Don’t let your job impact your personal decisions. Don’t put off starting a family or doing something because you think you’ll fall behind. Don’t romanticize the perfect timing for these milestones because things happen and you can’t plan for it”.
Anna commented “You don’t need to negotiate … it’s your responsibility to educate your peers and leaders about your world and responsibilities. You need to inform to get support in order to manage your life, career and children”.
“Your perspective is valid, not what you think society dictates” was Lillian’s perspective, adding that it’s all about confidence and relationships when it comes to going back to work after taking time out. “If the employer doesn’t value you, then they don’t deserve you”.
Carolyn noted that existing relationships are the most important thing when trying to re-enter the workforce after taking some time out. These are the people that can vouch for you because they know you and your capability and give you flexibility so you can balance your work and family. She says “the biggest obstacle is having the confidence to back yourself … you have to keep telling yourself ‘you’re awesome’”.
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