Career Break

General Details
Network:
Working mother
Profession:
Law
Type of leave:
Career Break
Number of years professional experience:
11-15 years
Length of leave:
6-12 months
Type of experience:
Positive
Work pattern on return:
Part-time
Message After 18 years in the City and 13 of those at an investment bank's legal department I resigned in the first quarter 2015. It was a big shock to them and no-one could believe that I hadn't lined anything else up. I resigned for many and varied reasons which was how I knew it was the right decision. I also have two children of 5 and 7. Our live in au pair stayed until the summer. I found the September beginning of term very hard to adjust - being a full time mother (please lets stop using the faintly derogatory "stay at home mum") is a hard and thankless job. I was also rubbish at home tech as I had always had different systems/a secretary....I took on too much voluntary work, to the irritation of my husband, who had hoped I would turn into Zen mummy/wife. I did not - I turned into "shouty mum". The charity/voluntary work is hugely rewarding (parish council meetings can be strangely similar to board meetings) and I feel like I have come home in every sense. I love spending time with my children most of the time. I am more involved in their school life, homework and music practice where I can really add value. I know they are eating good food. And I have changed my diet and go to the gym every week day so I have lost the awful kilos that were piling on. But I really liked my job in asset management too. I was very recently offered the chance to go for a UK/Europe head of asset mgmt legal role in a large bank and they don't care that I have been out for 9 months - am half way through the interview process so wish me luck!

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Anonymous Posted On 9th Nov 2015 at 11:24
Good luck!
Anonymous Posted On 19th Oct 2015 at 15:35
Good luck!
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