The phrase ‘returning to work after children’ seems to suggest to some people that you’re looking for a job that will be some sort of tepid compromise…something that you only accept because it works between school drop off at 8:03 and your youngest’s badminton lesson at 15:20. NO THANK YOU! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love our three children and I will of course be claiming at least fifty percent of the glory if any of them end up on an Olympic podium, badminton racquet in hand but my career is exactly that – mine. Returning to work after children for me was first and foremost about finding something that would be a clear and positive progression in a long and happy career.
Laura Mott from @flexandthecitymcr
1. Tell us a little about you?
I have lived in Sale, South Manchester for 8 years and love living in the North West. I am currently a freelance social media and project manager working remotely from home. I am a mum to an almost teenage son and a young daughter. My husband does the school drop off, whilst I pick up and juggle most of the things in between.
2. Your fave spot in Manchester?
Walkden Gardens. Its a wonderful hidden gem recently named one of the top ten happiest views by Harpers Bizaar. It's known as the maze for it's many secret "rooms" and it's the best place for an epic game of hide n seek. A little oasis in the city and a fantastic place to get away for a few mins of peace. I feel very lucky to have it on our doorstep.
3. How would you describe your ideal working week?
To be busy, productive and organised. I distribute my work across school hours and sometimes catch up in the evenings once the kids are in bed. Planning is key as is communication, especially when working remotely with clients. Working from home can be lonely so a perfect week would also include lunch with friends or others in the same working from home boat as me.
4. Fave Mancunian song?
One of my favourite running songs is Charlemagne by the Blossoms. Dont Look Back In Anger always gets me singing and I'm not ashamed to admit I love a bit of Take That (a partly Mancunian band).
5. Why does flexible working appeal to you?
For me it's all about managing the jugglestruggle and working flexibly around family life. But in general, it seems common sense to me that working in a way that finds a better balance between work, life and family is going to improve your mental well being and thereby empower you to approach the time you spend working in a more positive and productive manner. I see that everyday in my work and the work of others around me. I want to be there for my kids parents evenings and assemblies but I don't believe that having children should equal the end of my career aspirations. I can work succesfully without compromising my career goals, if given a bit of flexibility.