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 in motherhood to date? 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…
Maternity 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 are your strategies to manage the juggle of career 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

About the Author: Carina O'Brien

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