career advice for women
The person I was before I got pregnant, the one I was while I was pregnant, and the one I have become as a mother, are all different. By which I don't mean that I've lost my identity or changed beyond recognition but just that my dreams, hopes, priorities, interests, and who I want to be in the world have all changed. I still feel like me, but a newer version of me.
I think I have tell everyone how accomplished I am feeling, due to feeling a little invisible otherwise as a MAGS. I don't know why we all feel this way as we get older, but it does seem we become a little invisible to the rest of the world!
I think everyone would have at least one event in their lives wherein when they look back at it and say, "that was such a
Now, more than a decade on, I often wonder what a mentor might have said to me back then. As a mentor now, what career advice would I have given my 18 year old self?
By the end of 2014, I was completely exhausted and frustrated, because I couldn't get the job I decided "I wanted", a corporate role in one of the big world photography agencies based in London... -how little I knew back then of what I really wanted! ; )
I've been in the Marketing industry for six years and have two kids under five. I would never call myself a career woman but I know I could never be a stay at home mum either. I love my kids to the moon and back and believe I take better care of them (and myself!) if I'm not in the picture all the time. It also means I enjoy and make the most of the time we have together.
For many different reasons I was in a place in my life where I wasn't sure where I wanted to go next. I felt lost. Looking back, it's easy to see the steps that eventually led me to change direction, but I can still not say I completely understand it. Can you? Decide for yourself - here are the 9 analytical steps and the 1 intuitive one I took that weekend...
What did you want to do when you were five years old? I wanted to be a driver of a big red London bus. I thought that would be the best job in the world. As I got older my thoughts changed slightly.
If someone accused you of being 'fake' you'd probably be offended. And yet as a mum it's all too easy to lose your authenticity, and give up the things that motivate you, boost your confidence and make you happy.
It's that brutal 3pm energy crash that renders you a sugar junkie. The annoying inability to sleep despite exhaustion. Mood swings that your nearest and dearest bear the brunt of. An increasing need for an evening tipple. Apathy for your latest project. Apathy for life. These are the signs that you're heading for burnout.