How many children do you have?

Mummy to Lyla aged 6 and Edie aged 2.

What town/County do you live in?

Bedfordshire.

What’s your career background?

I have had a varied work background including sales and office based work but most of my experience has been in customer facing roles, which is where my strengths lie.

How did your career change after having children?

I was lucky that I could return to my career on a more flexible working arrangement and I now work part time hours.

What are you doing career wise now?

I am a First & Business Class Flight Attendant for an International carrier.

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

There have been some very difficult hurdles to overcome professionally but I have always found in my experience that if you have integrity in everything you do it all comes good in the end; lessons get learnt and experience gained.

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

There have been so many memories which stick out in my mind.  Some which may not seem so monumental but which really stick out in my mind are:

  1. Operating on some of the most iconic aircraft of our generation including B747, A380 and the B787 Dreamliner. I can always remember the first flight I operated on the 747, at the time it was the biggest aircraft I had been on and I remember how much it shook and rattled as we hurtled down the runway.
  2. Working on the world’s first direct London to Perth flight.
  3. I feel very proud to work with some of the most professional and skilled crew; often we are faced with some difficult situations but we are always able to work together even if we had only met for the first time at check-in.

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

It has helped put so many things in to perspective for me. I also appreciate my role so much more now and I’m able to live in the moment and really enjoy the highs; likewise with the lows I feel so blessed and lucky that I get to come home to two little people who have so much belief in me and who hold me in such high esteem.

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

I don’t really like to look at things as holding me back. I think a lot of what holds people back is how they view things. If anything, since I’ve had children I’ve really had to ask myself what I REALLY want. What do I want to achieve professionally and personally as they are so closely interlinked; and what choices do I have to make in order to achieve that? I hear constantly ‘women can have it all’ and I absolutely agree; BUT I also agree with those who say you can’t have it ALL AT THE SAME TIME. With my children being so young a work life balance is very important to me; as a result I am at a level in my career where I feel I can deliver to a high standard for the business without compromising my personal goals with my family. At the moment professionally I feel I’m in the right place and I’m so happy and content with that.

Why is work so important to you?

Everyone is different, but I felt after taking one year maternity with both of my children I had drifted a bit and lost a part of myself somewhere. I was so happy being a mummy but felt I needed to also be Emma and work allows me to do that. Going to work increases my confidence, allows me to experience the wider world and take up opportunities that would not come my way otherwise. I really value my independence, ability to earn my own money, the chance to learn new things, meet new people and I feel like I am being a positive role model to my girls.

Who inspires you?

I find inspiration most in the friends and family around me. I think it’s because they are real relatable people; I see sometimes what life throws at them but they are still able to succeed in their own areas and always willing to help others. My friends and family are like my real life super heroes.

How do you balance your career and family?

It isn’t always easy but it’s about being as organised and pro-active as you can and working with the tools you have. I work part time to allow for more flexibility with my roster and I have 2 excellent childminders, friends who are quick to help in an emergency; plus an amazing husband who is always jumping through hoops as he knows how important my job is to me.

What are you aspirations for the future? 

I want to continue enjoying my work and further develop some other hobbies’ outside of work. I’m am amateur baker and would love to spend more time trying out new recipes and taking some more courses in cake decorating. In the last 6 months I have ran two half marathons and want to become fitter and challenge myself further.

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

  1. Believe in yourself and give it a go.
  2. Know your own self-worth.
  3. If there’s a career path you want to take, research, network, is there any courses you can take, good preparation is key.

 

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