SUMMER IS UPON US?
Until today, the weather has belied the fact that it is officially summer in the UK! For schools, the end of term is rapidly approaching, and the 6-week break is on the horizon. Without wanting to wish time away, summer is a perfect time to reflect on your situation, and start making plans for the autumn. That could be a return to work, or it could be time for a change in career. Either way, the team here at Ten2Two North Herts and Beds are gearing up to be ready to support you whatever your plans may be. Our event in September will be a great starting point, and the account on page 2 from a member describing her own return to work will help you to think about how you can make it all work for you. In the meantime, enjoy any holidays you may have, any relax in the current sunshine.
BREXIT & NEW PM!
It has been a very interesting few weeks for the country and many, many people have been speculating on the impact of the UK leaving the EU. As you can imagine, we at Ten2Two have been taking a keen note of what the ‘experts’ have been saying with regard to the impact on employment. Suffice to say that the leave vote will bring some uncertainty for many businesses but it’s good to remember that nothing in our current relationship with the EU will change overnight. There’s bound to be a prolonged period of renegotiation and readjustment; during which time, we hope the government does everything possible to help businesses to continue to grow and create jobs for our members. We will continue to monitor the situation and have a feature article in future newsletters to keep our members abreast of the situation.
NEXT FREE EVENT
September is always an exciting month for Ten2Two. For many of our members, the new academic year means that little one’s are moving on to school, giving ‘stay at home’ parents the opportunity to get back to work. With that in mind, our next member event agenda will focus on everything you need to know to get yourself ‘work ready’ including:-
- CV Preparation/Enhancement
- Types of Interviews
- Interview Preparation
- Using Social Media to your advantage
Primarily targeted at members who have been on a career break, the ‘Work Ready’ seminar will help ensure that you feel as confident as possible about presenting yourself, both on paper and in person, to potential future employers. We can all feel a little daunted about stepping outside our comfort zone but spending a morning focusing on you, and reminding yourself of the skills you have to offer an employer will certainly put you in a strong position to get started with finding that perfect role for you.
Location:- Basepoint at Butterfield Business & Tech Park, Luton
Date:- Weds 21st September
Time:- 9.30am – 1.00pm
If you would like to join us for this event, please register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ten2two-work-ready-seminar-tickets-26462609377
Returning to Work – A Mum’s Perspective
Davina is a Communications Executive in a top FTSE company. Here she explains how she’s approaching her return to work after having her second child.
Hi Davina, tell us about your role and how you make working ‘work’ as a mum of two?
“I’ve worked for the same company for many years in a full-time position. When my first child was born, I decided to ask for flexible working, so instead of five days, I wanted to do four. I didn’t think I would ever get it, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Have you done any keeping in touch days?
I’ve taken four keeping in touch days so far this maternity leave. I only took one with my first son, because work was better set up and didn’t need me so much. This time, my replacement has needed some extra guidance, which has in some ways worked out well for me.
Sometimes I work my keeping in touch days from home and sometimes I go into the office with my baby. I think that even if you go in just for a meeting, you should still get paid for the whole day. I’m using mine to do actual work to assist my replacement, plus my boss is quite new to the company so it’s useful.
Has your workplace been supportive of your changing circumstances?
There aren’t many women in my company who have two children and have come back to their jobs. It’s a male orientated industry, so that’s probably why. When I first returned to work after taking nine months’ maternity leave, I requested a four-day week instead of the five I used to do. I didn’t think I’d get it, but I did. I was so pleased. There have been times where I’ve had to still work a five-day week during busy periods, but now I just view that as extra money in my pocket.
Why do you think your current flexible working role has worked out so well for you?
I’ve found my new boss is far more supportive of flexible working than my old one used to be. But I think the key is that I work hard, and because my partner’s work is flexible (he is self-employed), having kids hasn’t really affected my work style. So I can still do what I need to do, like travelling or working away. I’ve also been lucky that my first son has been very robust so I haven’t had to pick him up because of illness too often. However, I’m careful to keep work and home separate. I don’t go on about my children to anyone who will listen. I feel it’s important to be professional in the workplace.
Is there any advice you’d give to mums returning to work after their maternity leave?
My advice to anyone worried about going back to work is to start as you mean to carry on. So if you need to leave on time to do the nursery pick up, do it from the very first day you get back. My old boss had to get used to the fact that I was sticking to my hours rather than staying late for the sake of it. But when there’s a genuine need to stay late, I do. I know my job well enough to plan with my partner for those times.
I take my job very seriously, even though I have children, and my boss and colleagues respect me for that. I would add that I felt I had to prove myself when I came back to work after my first birth, but it means that colleagues are more understanding when I do need to leave early or if my child is poorly. All in all, though, I love my job. I think if you enjoy what you do, everything will work out.”