A promotion just before I left gave me a huge boost

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Working mother
Asset Management
Type of leave:
Number of years professional experience:
6-10 years
Length of leave:
4-5 months
Type of experience:
Work pattern on return:
Standard full-time
Message I am very lucky to work in a progressive organization with a manager who was willing to push for my promotion just before I went on leave. I attribute this to the supportive organization which I work for but also because I continued to put myself forward for things during my pregnancy. I also wasn't afraid (well maybe a little afraid!) to speak to my bosses' boss when it looked like it might not happen.
I would strongly encourage others to use Keep In Touch days to "keep in touch" - don't be afraid to use this time to have coffee/lunch with colleagues, catch up on emails and generally just be in the office. It certainly made my return much less daunting. I did my first 2months after my daughter was born and then around 1 a week until my return at 5 months. Also ask your manager if you can do short KIT days. I found expressing at work quite stressful so it really helped to not have to do a full day.
Childcare is a very personal and income dependent decision but I benefitted from having left my daughter for a full day a few times before my return to work. If you can get comfortable leaving your child with a nanny or in a crèche/nursery just for a few days but quite in advance of returning to work I think it can help ease the transition.
What worked for me - guiding my manager to when I thought I would return, realizing that mat leave wasn't that long given I'll likely work till I'm 70, returning to work full of enthusiasm for my new role, having a nanny who works 11.5hr day.
1 month back and still finding my "voice". My confidence isn't quiet what it was.
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