How many children do you have?

Three boys, aged 15, 13 and 11.

What town/County do you live in?

Buckden, Cambridgeshire.

What’s your career background?

I started of as a Operations manager for contact centres and worked with large corporates like NTL and Barron McCann putting into place processes, managing the recruitment and training of the staff etc. I then moved abroad with my husband’s work and lived 3 years in Paris, where I had 2 kids and then moved to Brussels for 5 years and had another one. When I got back I fell into recruitment by accident, when a local company asked me to help with their portfolio. I loved it, especially helping people into their dream jobs and sorting out client’s issues. However after 6 years, I got fed up with the churn and the KPI’s of high street agency work and decided to set up my own boutique agency. An Agency with a heart!

How did your career change after having children?

Massively changed as I had a long career break to be with them, it was hugely hard to get back into work, not to mention my confidence was not as high as it once was! I doubted myself a lot.

What are you doing career wise now?

Set up my own recruitment agency with a social mission to lobby hard for flexible, remote working.

What’s are some of the biggest professional hurdles you have faced?

For me getting back into work after my long break. However it turned out it was all in my head. I got offered the first job I went for. I did have to compromise, I always said I would go back part time, however there was nothing part time and I was forced to go back 45 hours a week, which was really hard going from my life being the kids to not seeing them as much as I wanted to see them.

Professionally what is your proudest moment/biggest moment of success so far?

I think going for that first interview and being offered the job, most of the time I had imposter syndrome and I thought I am going to be found out. However I managed to double my desk and really make a difference to lots of people careers!

How has being a mum helped you deal with career highs and lows?

Well life has highs and lows when you are a mum, being a parent is the best practice of being resilient so most things are like water off a ducks back now! As long as my family are happy and healthy, nothing really else matters.

What, if anything, is holding you back professionally at the moment?

I guess my agency being new and the brand not being as known and the huge amount of competition.

Why is work so important to you?

I want to show my kids what work ethic is and to show them women can be successful as well! Not to mention the money helps with three growing lads!

Who inspires you?

My Sister, she is the global client experience director in Microsoft, so she is a tough act to follow.

How do you balance your career and family?

I would be lying if I said it was easy, like everyone else with difficulty! Ha ha!

What are you aspirations for the future? 

To have a successful business, become self sufficient and for my husband and boys to have a good life and to spend lots of quality time together (not sure three teenage boys will be happy about that).

What are your three top pieces of advice for mums thinking about making a career change after having children?

  1. Brush up on your IT skills, if you have had a longer break, as some companies test on that.
  2. Have a plan in place as to what you want and how it would work for you and your family.
  3. Really look at that CV, you have done so much as a Mum don’t just put career break, raising a family.  As you’ve  managed budgets, dealt with administration, negotiation, etc. Please send your CV’s to me and I will happy to take a look at them for you.Also take a look at ginibee it is a platform to find a compatible job share person so you can apply for a full time job when you are looking for a part time role.

 

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