About to go back to my city law firm where in my team of 30 fee earners no woman has had a child.
|Anonymous||Posted On 14th Nov 2016 at 12:37|
I am afraid that I cannot offer you advice as I am in the same position as you. I can, however, offer you solidarity!
I am returning to work next week after 10 months off and also apprehensive. I work for a small firm of circa 50. As regards female fee earners with young children, we have three (including myself). I agree with you as regards male partners in general, although there is the odd exception to this.
I am the breadwinner in my family, so part time is not an option in the long term. I feel very strongly that I want to maintain my career, find a balance with being a mother, and like you, set a good precedent for those women following in my footsteps. I am still breastfeeding and will be working a 4 day week until that stops. I will not have much give in terms of flexible hours. I am particularly nervous about attending networking events and coming across as "less dedicated" than my colleagues if I do not attend. I also feel the pressure of presenteeism, which troubles me.
My plan is to take each day as it comes, be positive, maximise productivity in the office and prioritise my work effectively (e.g. draft in the office, deal with non urgent emails on the commute), work hard, and remember that "all you can do, is all you can do, and all you can do is enough".