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
Career Break PR/Communications Mixed Career break with confidence 0 16
Shared Parental Investment Banking Positive 4 mths SPL at end of baby's 1st yr 0 357
Shared Parental Other Positive 1 month leave when my son started school 391 1830
Paternity Professional Services Mixed Daddy Day Care 2 1256
Maternity Asset Management Mixed coping with the unexpected 3 803
Maternity Professional Services Neutral An understanding law firm 0 648
Maternity Investment Banking Negative Mixed Bag pre and post Mat leave vol 2 0 917
Maternity Investment Banking Mixed Mixed Bag pre and post Mat leave 0 1244
Maternity Real Estate Negative Rushed back...BIG MISTAKE 0 902
Maternity Professional Services Negative Confidence crushing 1 1499
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 1234
Maternity Other Mixed Single parenting 0 1018
Maternity Law Positive 2 x mat leave in the public sector 0 923
Maternity PR/Communications Positive Two maternity leaves of 1 year 390 1622
Compassionate Law Positive Bereavement Leave 401 1495
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