Welcome to the Cityparents Experience Bank

How was your experience of taking parental leave from work? Are you curious to know how other City professionals have managed their time away from the office and their subsequent return? Are you about to take leave and want to hear the experiences of others?

To find out, explore our new Experience Bank, an online space for our members to share anonymous experiences of parental leave, including maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption, surrogacy and compassionate leave, and career breaks.

You can search Experiences by various criteria including type of leave, length, work pattern on return, and the type of experience.

If you'd like to submit your Experience, please do so here.

Please view our Experience Bank Disclaimer here

Leave Type Profession Type of experience Subject Replies Views
Shared Parental Other Positive 1 month leave when my son started school 391 1210
Paternity Professional Services Mixed Daddy Day Care 2 763
Maternity Asset Management Mixed coping with the unexpected 3 349
Maternity Professional Services Neutral An understanding law firm 0 232
Maternity Investment Banking Negative Mixed Bag pre and post Mat leave vol 2 0 448
Maternity Investment Banking Mixed Mixed Bag pre and post Mat leave 0 859
Maternity Real Estate Negative Rushed back...BIG MISTAKE 0 461
Maternity Professional Services Negative Confidence crushing 1 1044
Maternity Law Neutral About to go back to my city law firm where in my team of 30 fee earners no woman has had a child. 1 786
Maternity Other Mixed Single parenting 0 592
Maternity Law Positive 2 x mat leave in the public sector 0 526
Maternity PR/Communications Positive Two maternity leaves of 1 year 390 1161
Compassionate Law Positive Bereavement Leave 401 1109
Maternity Other Positive Loved it and love being back at work! 0 620
Maternity Law Mixed Depends on the firm? 0 1370
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