My mental health had been deteriorating for a while. I had experienced a few episodes of poor mental health previously, but nothing as bad as this. It was a frightening time as I didn't understand what was happening to me, I felt alone and didn't want to admit to myself or anyone else that I wasn't coping and needed help. Instead, I poured all my energy into covering up the way I felt.
I'm very aware that I was lucky to have such a supportive employer. But I believe there are some steps every new parent can take to help manage their work/life balance. Firstly, I'd really recommend having a conversation about flexible working as soon as possible. For example, one of my friends who has young children will start work at 7:00am so she can leave early to do bath time.
This Father's Day, as I spend time with my family, I'll fondly remember a rather disastrous plane trip in Brazil two years ago, when my eldest daughter spent the entire journey vomiting onto me until I had no available clean clothes left! It's a good lesson for any parent - no matter how prepared you think you are, your kids will always keep you on your toes.
"There is no element of the work hierarchy where you shouldn't expect to see displacement," says Ming, citing recent McKinsey research which suggests that as much as 40 per cent of a CEO's job can be automated. "I don't think anyone currently owns that problem," she adds.
The first year I applied for an IT apprenticeship with Accenture I didn't get it. Naturally I was upset but I just thought I'm not going to give up, I'm going to go for it again, and it paid off! Now here I am in my second year of the apprenticeship, set to graduate with a foundation degree next summer...
One of the key drivers of change in the way that customers expect service is that the millennial generation is becoming so dominant in society. These are the people born from 1980 up to the millennium who are now university age up to their mid-thirties.
At Accenture, we combine deep technical knowledge of data platforms, advanced data analysis capabilities and the expertise to interpret the analytics. I'm looking forward to continuing to use this winning combination to provide deeper insights to rugby fans in the final round of a tightly fought 6 Nations championship.
With the first two rounds of RBS 6 Nations now complete, the pre-tournament excitement has proved justified, with this year's Championships already fulfilling the promise to be the closest and most thrilling for many years.
LGB&T equality was on the agenda at this year's World Economic Forum meeting at Davos - for the first time. Here are the
Get ready to hear about a new, exciting charity featuring a backdrop of bright yet untapped talent, a sprinkling of girl power and a big dollop of inspirational women to top it all off. (Yes please!) I'm talking about The Girls Network, a new yet already award-winning charity that I've just become patron of.