Career break - with an eventual positive outcome

General Details
Network:
Working mother
Profession:
Professional Services
Type of leave:
Career Break
Number of years professional experience:
11-15 years
Length of leave:
2 years - 5 years
Type of experience:
Mixed
Work pattern on return:
Did not return
Message I didn't have the best experience of a career break... I originally returned three days a week after my first child which worked well. After my second child I returned two days a week and the role pretty much didn't exist. I wasn't especially challenged, and my daughter was miserable in nursery so I requested a career break of two years - which was happily granted. I didn't get to return to my previous employer, I found the process to return frustrating and impersonal. I had worked for the firm a good length of time, and I ended up in a HR process going through the motions of not finding anything suitable for me to return to. I was offered a package to leave the firm (based on my two day a week salary - which was very disheartening). I took it.

I have since found a role in another big four, and I can honestly say their approach to flexible working is exceptional. I work from home two days a week, allowing me to do the school runs and I work in London three days - arriving late for breakfast club drop off's two days. I am a single mother and without the firms flexibility I would not be able to juggle it all. As a result I am more committed, I work hard and am very happy too. I have been promoted in the two years since I returned, working initially four days a week and then on flexible arrangement. So everything is possbile if an employer supports us mums and dads to juggle both!
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